Welcome to the section for foreign residents
There are quite a number of foreigners living in Angera. Some new, perhaps still finding their way about, but who chose to live here because of the attractive location. Others who have been here for years, and those who have married Italians. We also have a number of foreigners who are working in Angera, who we would be happy to hear from.
This part of the website is dedicated to those people, some of whom speak good Italian, others who are learning and perhaps struggling. Here we have a forum in English where we can express our opinions and ideas.
In less than a year there will be municipal elections in Angera. If we want to make Angera a better place, you should tell us what you think and send your suggestions and criticisms. Let us do some positive constructive thinking! All suggestions for improvements will be welcome so that future administrators can take note.
Below you can find an overview of what is currently being discussed.
We look forward to your input!
The site is set up as follows:
Home page – Who we are (the young, the elderly, who works in Angera, who lives in Angera) – Where we live (environment, villages and districts, the neighbours, the institutions) – Tourism (come to Angera, do it in Angera – what!?) – Treasure Hunt – Identikit – Survey – Flash – Stories – Mobile Photos – Contacts
Much is being discussed and below you can find an overview of what is going on. The only “foreigner” I have spotted so far is Tetyana who made the effort of writing in Italian to outline the difficulties of the gravel on the lakeside promenade – how many shoes she has ruined and the difficulties to push wheelchairs on such a surface, etc. Thank you Tetyana for bringing something to our attention that perhaps the average resident would not notice. There is the idea of an artist, Alberto, who negotiated a lower rent to use an empty shop window to show his paintings in the central pedestrian area. This is useful for him and brightens up the little street – awaiting the return of it becoming alive and animated once more. We live in hope!
Here are just some of the items that have been posted:
Transport, especially on the lake, but also suggestions for the occasional bus to Barzola / Capronno, possibility of cycle tracks – How to attract more events to Angera – A Mayor who could be available / reachable and seen walking around taking an interest in his town, including the parts on the outskirts (Barzola and Capronno) – Litter-louts, lack of waste-bins – Degeneration of town – Lack of access to the “Rocca” (castle) – More community spirit needed – PGT (urban planning) – Attracting tourism – Boating and Sailing – Suggestions for making the town more eye-catching –how to make Angera more alive and animated – Lack of recreation space for the young – Lack of funding and infrastructure – Lack of pride and love of some citizens for their town (and often smiles) – Schooling – Parking – Space for walking dogs – General difficulties – Sewage (lovely!) – Sporting facilities – Traffic – Fishing rights – Satellite dishes disturbing lake views – Difficulties of the elderly – The hospital – Possibility of volunteers, etc. ………
The Silence of the Foreigners …
I wonder if anyone is reading this page dedicated to the foreigners living in Angera? Total silence!
I do hope some of you have discovered it, as it would be nice to see some comments and opinions posted. Is it that you find everything in Angera absolutely perfect and have no suggestions for improvement?
For instance, what do you think about:
The Rubbish Dump
This year access restrictions were introduced. Italians can use their ASL Italian Health Service cards, but foreigners who do not have these cards, such as people from the JRC, need to apply for a special ECO card from the Comune, and also tradesmen need special cards. This seemed like a good initiative in order to avoid that anyone can empty rubbish there, even non-residents. However, the disadvantage is that long queues form as cards are scrupulously checked one by one. These queues often lead right down on to the main road. What seemed like a good idea has become time consuming, creating difficulties to exit with vehicles blocking the entrance in the queue and has become hazardous for traffic on the main road. I also fear that certain tradesmen when they are refused entrance, go down the nearest track into the woods and dump their load there! When walking the dogs I find piles of rubble, tiles, etc. abandoned in the woods nearby to the rubbish dump. Which brings me to my next argument …….
Walking dogs, restrictions and risks
I always thought that parks were places for children to play and to walk dogs. Angera has so many “no dogs” signs. Also along the lakeside dogs are forbidden. So, where should we walk our dogs? In the countryside and the woods? Perfect! That is where we like to go, but in this period with the risk of getting shot by hunters. Even going out when dark, in the pouring rain, when all good hunters should be at home eating their “polenta con osei” (polenta with tiny shot birds lying with their legs in the air – delicious!), no they are still out there shooting away, gun in one hand, lantern in the other. Sunday we nearly got hit and even if you shout at them they don’t relent! I remember years ago while working in the garden getting sprayed with pellets from their guns, but in recent years the situation seemed to have improved. Now it seems to be bang, bang everywhere again, close to where people walk and live. No doubt the laws have become more favourable for the hunters again.
Floodlighting the Rocca di Angera
You will no doubt have read the articles about trying to get Angera Castle floodlit again, like in the good old days (not so long ago). My compliments to the people who have been dedicating so much effort in trying to re-establish this wondrous sight. When you think that we have this magnificent castle, a truly romantic tourist attraction, sitting proudly above our town and we don’t show it off. In Las Vegas they build floodlit copies of our monuments for tourists and we have a real one which we leave in the dark! What a pity!