Hob: This is an induction hob - easy and safe to use.  Press the power button, then the symbol for the hotplate you want to use.  Touch the + button for the heat setting you want (9 is maximum so press - to reduce).  If you want to simmer food gently, once it is hot, 2 or 3 should be enough.  Lower the temperature by pressing the plate button again and then the  - button.  Once you remove a pan, the plate button shows H to warn it is hot.   Just wipe with a sponge to clean.  Please never use a scourer or abrasive cleaner.  It may beep if it is damp or if it senses something on it.

Oven/microwave:   This is a combi, works with grill, microwave or convection, or any combination of these. For quick microwave heating up, just press the start button once or more times for multiples of 30 seconds.  For anything more complicated you should find the instruction manual to the side of it.  However, it's a terrible translation.  For using the oven, this is the symbol you want.

Press until you get the heat you require, and then the start knob. The oven will beep when it reaches the desired temperature. Put the food in, then set the cooking time by turning the start knob. Press start again.  Please make sure the oven is clean inside before you leave.

Dishwasher: We find the 35 degree 30 minute cycle adequate for light soiling. For heavier soiling the 50 degree Eco cycle is fine. You can set a 3, 6 or 9 hour delay so that the dishwasher comes on during the night. You should find dishwasher tablets in the cupboard under the sink. If you use them all up please buy a small packet. Thanks!

Washing machine:   Compact size so please don’t overload it. If it doesn’t start immediately, the door probably needs a push. 30 degree setting is usually fine. Cycles A to D are very long, not recommended. For something quicker choose 'K'.  Note that some of the cycles - those with a yellow bar - DO NOT SPIN. To complete the wash, turn the dial to G, which will drain and spin.

Lavaggio a mano = handwash
breve = short
risciacqui = rinse
centrifuga = spin
scarico = drain

Television:  The TV in the living room is set up with a British freesat box for UK TV and radio channels.  Make sure the green light is on and AV1 on the telly.  The TV upstairs is for Italian TV and DVDs. There are two DVD players, one is a personal/portable.

Coffee machine: Basic filter coffee with reusable filter. Please make sure the jug and filter are clean before you leave.

Hairdryers: There are two, one in each bathroom.

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