We've got the coldest winter in 25 years here in Italy and even Sardinia, which is usually drenched in sunshine, is caught in its clutches.
So while we've got the heating whacked up to the max (for as long as the gas lasts) and I'm guzzling back lots of hot drinks to keep warm, I thought I'd be the bearer of some, frankly, fabulous news.
We've teamed up with the bods at Studio Legale Annino, which is a law firm with offices in Milan, Rome, Velletri (RM) and Cagliari, to offer you expert advice for (wait for it)...absolutely nothing.
See, I told you it was good.
Every Friday they're going to choose one of your emails to answer and I'll publish the email and the answer here. So if you need legal advice about life or doing business in Italy, get writing. Send a brief email to my yahoo address emma underscore s underscore bird at yahoo dot co dot uk with the subject header: 'howtoitaly/studio legale annino.
Meanwhile, watch out for my interview with Allison Lyndsay Sutherland, a South African industrial psychologist who works with Studio Legale Annino and is behind the bilingual service to stop foreigners being taken advantage of when they don't speak Italian and don't understand the legal system.
I look forward to your emails.