Not a total disaster
Following on from my last post about the murky world of Italian bureaucracy, Sonia went down to the Comune in Catania to ask there – reasonably thinking that they handle more foreigners in Catania than in Gravina, where we are. And sure enough, while the €5,000-in-an-Italian-bank-account is an unmovable rock, the other “2” in this catch-22 wasn’t – a codice fiscale can be obtained from the Foreigners Office of some vague Italian goverment agency. So it’s down to them first thing tomorrow morning to see what the story is.
The moral of this story is to not take the word of a single bureaurcrat in the huge system of the Italian state. Treat Italian bureaucrats like a bad diagnosis – always get a second (and third, and fourth) opnion.
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