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Vademecum Italia presents legal guides and makes other useful information available to foreigners traveling to or living in Italy and also to Italians living abroad. Moreover, Vademecum Italia provides qualified, professional aid for those who require further assistance.

  • Brexit update
    Brexit update
    October 26, 2017 by
    For some time we have been wanting to write an update on Brexit negotiations. When the UK will indeed exit the EU, there may well be some changes for both UK (non-EU) citizens and vice-versa for Italian citizens in the UK (e.g. visa, permit of stay, etc.). Despite growing impatience with the pace of...
  • Italy: double taxation
    Italy: double taxation
    October 6, 2017 by
    The Italian Government has signed several conventions with other foreign governments aimed at avoiding double taxation. These conventions are international treaties with which the contracting states regulate the exercise of their taxing powers in order to eliminate double taxation on the income and/or the assets of their residents. Italy: double...
  • How to file a theft/loss report with an Italian authority
    How to file a theft/loss report with an Italian authority
    September 12, 2017 by
    In case you suffer a theft (in a Hotel, station, restaurant, etc.), or if you lose a precious item (credit/debit card, wallet, expensive watch, etc.), or similar, while in Italy, you will need to file a theft/loss report (denuncia di furto/smarrimento) with an Italian authority (e.g. Polizia di Stato or...
  • Registry of Italians Residing Abroad (A.I.R.E.)
    Registry of Italians Residing Abroad (A.I.R.E.)
    September 11, 2017 by
    The Registry of Italians Residing Abroad (A.I.R.E.) contains personal information of Italian citizens who reside abroad for a period of more than 12 months. It is a citizen’s right/duty to enroll in the A.I.R.E.. It is a prerequisite for use of certain services provided by diplomatic and consular missions abroad,...
  • Registration of a trademark in Europe and Italian representative. FAQ
    Registration of a trademark in Europe and Italian representative. FAQ
    April 3, 2017 by
    It is very important to register your trademark (word/figurative/3D/colour/sound marks) because it identifies you, your company, your products/services, and it tells customers who you are and what you do/offer. It allows you to be officially recognized in the territory of your interest and, at the same time, protected from others...
  • How foreigners can open and close a bank account in Italy
    How foreigners can open and close a bank account in Italy
    March 12, 2017 by
    Under Italian law all those who are interested – therefore including foreigners (individuals and legal entities) residing or even not residing in Italy – have the right to open a bank account with an Italian bank. Foreigners residing in Italy can open a bank account just like Italian citizens residing...
  • How to obtain a copy of a deed
    How to obtain a copy of a deed
    January 26, 2017 by
    The deed of purchase relative to a property in Italy is kept by the Notary Public before whom the parties have signed it. This act is public and, therefore, accessible to everyone by law. The copy of the deed may be useful to verify the ownership of a property, possible...
  • How to get an Italian mobile phone number
    How to get an Italian mobile phone number
    January 5, 2017 by
    Foreigners who intend to stay in Italy for a short vacation or for a longer period of time, can get an Italian mobile phone number (rechargeable sim card) just by going to one of the mobile phone company stores (e.g. Tim, Vodafone, Wind, Tre, Fastweb) with a valid passport. Otherwise, foreigners, who...
  • Brexit: its impact on Italian and UK citizens
    Brexit: its impact on Italian and UK citizens
    July 27, 2016 by
    When the UK will indeed exit the EU (commonly known as “Brexit”), there may well be some changes for both UK (non-EU) citizens living, studying, working, and conducting business in Italy and vice-versa for Italian citizens in the UK (e.g. visa, permit of stay, etc.). Vademecum Italia is closely following the on-going developments regarding...
  • Visa for Italy
    Visa for Italy
    July 20, 2016 by
    Foreigners who intend to come to Italy should verify if they need a visa in order to enter the Italian territory. Send us an email with your nationality, country of residence, length of stay (up to 90 days or more than 90 days) and reasons for your stay, and we can...
  • Trenitalia and Italo: Italian high-speed trains
    Trenitalia and Italo: Italian high-speed trains
    September 21, 2015 by
    In Italy, there are two main train companies that allow passengers to travel throughout the Country. One is Trenitalia (Gruppo Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane) and the other one is Italo (Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori). The two companies are more or less equivalent as far as quality and number of services go. Their ticket...
  • Italo train delays: how to request compensation
    Italo train delays: how to request compensation
    July 29, 2015 by
    Passengers whose Italo train arrives more than 60 minutes late at their final destination have a right to compensation, which goes from 25% (60-119 min) to 50% (120 min or more) of the ticket price, and will be automatically paid by the Company usually within 7 days from the travel date....
  • Trenitalia train delays: how to request compensation
    Trenitalia train delays: how to request compensation
    July 20, 2015 by
    Passengers whose Trenitalia train arrives more than 30 minutes late at their final destination have a right to compensation. The “sum” goes from a coupon amounting to 25% of the ticket price (30 – 59 min.) to 25% (60-119 min) or 50% of the ticket price (120 min or more)....
  • Drinking in Rome by night
    Drinking in Rome by night
    July 16, 2015 by
    Rome City Council issued an Ordinance that prohibits the sale and consumption of alcohol at night in certain areas of the City, which will be in effect from July 7 until October 31, 2017. Consumers who violate the Ordinance will be subject to fines of € 150. Drinking in Rome by night YEAR 2017...
  • Transcription of marriages celebrated abroad in the Italian Registers of Civil Status
    Transcription of marriages celebrated abroad in the Italian Registers of Civil Status
    July 7, 2015 by
    Marriages between Italians and foreigners contracted abroad have immediate validity and relevance in the Italian juridical system. According to national laws, they must be transcribed in the Registers of Civil Status of the Italian Municipality of interest (Office of transcription of weddings celebrated abroad). At least one of the spouses must be an...
  • The right to an interpreter in case of civil or criminal trials held in Italy
    The right to an interpreter in case of civil or criminal trials held in Italy
    June 29, 2015 by
    Foreigners who for any reason should be part of a trial before an Italian civil or criminal court have the right to fully understand every single act, document or what is happening at a hearing, and thus they have the right to an interpreter. In case of a civil trial,...
  • Air passengers' rights: other important provisions
    Air passengers’ rights: other important provisions
    June 18, 2015 by
    With reference to air transportation, there are other important provisions that must be taken into account. For example, the application of the protections offered by Regulation 261/2004 in cases of overbooking, cancellation or delay of a flight, does not exclude passengers’ right to take legal action before a competent judge. Passengers are entitled...
  • How to buy a house in Italy
    How to buy a house in Italy
    June 9, 2015 by
    In order to buy a house in Italy there are some important steps to follow. Although there is no need to turn to a real estate agent, it is advisable for the parties to sign a preliminary contract with which they mutually agree to sell and purchase a property by signing a deed on a...
  • Upgrading and downgrading: air passengers' rights
    Upgrading and downgrading: air passengers’ rights
    May 21, 2015 by
    If passengers are upgraded (e.g. economy class  business class), the airline company cannot request any supplementary payment. If, on the contrary, passengers are downgraded (e.g. business class economy class), the airline company shall provide them reimbursement, that goes from 30 % to 75% of the price of the ticket, within seven days. Upgrading and downgrading: air passengers’ rights...
  • Denied boarding (overbooking): air passengers' rights
    Denied boarding (overbooking): air passengers’ rights
    May 11, 2015 by
    In the event of denied boarding (overbooking) the airline company shall first call for volunteers to surrender their reservations in exchange for benefits. If the number of volunteers is not sufficient the air carrier may then deny boarding to passengers against their will. In this last case, the air carrier shall “immediately”...
  • Smoking in Italy
    Smoking in Italy
    May 10, 2015 by
    Those who are under eighteen years of age cannot buy cigarettes but they cannot be sanctioned for smoking at home or outdoors. These rules apply also to foreigners visiting the Italian peninsula for any reason. However, violations are rarely sanctioned by the authorities. During night hours and holidays it is...
  • Theft of property brought into an Italian hotel: what to do and what the hotel-keeper's liability is under European and Italian provisions
    Theft of property brought into an Italian hotel: what to do and what the hotel-keeper’s liability is under European and Italian provisions
    May 9, 2015 by
    In case a guest at a European (and thus Italian) hotel suffers damage, destruction or loss (theft) of goods which he had brought (in)to the hotel, the hotel-keeper should be held responsible and therefore the guest has a right to compensation according to European and Italian provisions. In Italy, the liability...
  • Missing a connecting flight: air passengers' rights
    Missing a connecting flight: air passengers’ rights
    May 6, 2015 by
    The event in which passengers missed their connecting flight not due to a fault of their own is not expressly covered by Regulation 261/2004. However, if some specific elements are met, passengers who missed their connecting flight are entitled to assistance and compensation that can go from € 250 to € 600. Missing a connecting flight:...
  • Flight cancellation: air passengers' rights
    Flight cancellation: air passengers’ rights
    May 5, 2015 by
    In the event of flight cancellation passengers are entitled to assistance and compensation (from € 250 to € 600) from the airline company of interest. There is no right to compensation in case the flight is cancelled due to “extraordinary circumstances”. Technical problems of the aircraft, poor aircraft maintenance or unavailable flight crew are not...
  • Flight delay: air passengers' rights
    Flight delay: air passengers’ rights
    May 5, 2015 by
    According to the Court of Justice of the EU, in the event of flight delay passengers are entitled to assistance and compensation (from € 250 to € 600) if they reach their final destination three hours or more after the arrival time originally scheduled by the air carrier, unless the latter can prove that...
  • Denied boarding (overbooking), cancellation, and long delay of flights: air passengers’ rights
    Denied boarding (overbooking), cancellation, and long delay of flights: air passengers’ rights
    May 4, 2015 by
    Under Regulation (EC) no. 261/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council dated February 11, 2004, in the event of denied boarding (overbooking), cancellation, and long delay of flights, passengers may be entitled, in addition to assistance, also to a refund and/or compensation that can go from € 250 to € 600. Denied boarding (overbooking), cancellation, and long delay of...
  • How to request a refund or compensation in the event of denied boarding, flight cancellation, or extended flight delay
    How to request a refund or compensation in the event of denied boarding, flight cancellation, or extended flight delay
    April 13, 2015 by
    Regulation (EC) no. 261/2004 establishes how to request a refund or compensation in the event of denied boarding (overbooking), flight cancellation, or extended flight delay. Any traveler can personally request a refund and/or compensation (that goes from € 250 to € 600) by going onto the website of the airline company and filling out a form, or...
  • Hammer Justice
    The residence permit, the expulsion of foreigners, and Italian citizenship: recent Italian case law
    April 3, 2015 by
    NEW JUDGMENTS!!! Italian Courts have recently established some important principles concerning, among others, the residence permit, the expulsion of foreigners, Italian citizenship, the request for political asylum, the entitlement to social security allowance, the jurisdiction in case of international sale of goods, and crimes committed in international waters. The residence permit, the expulsion...
  • English speaking schools in Italy
    English speaking schools in Italy
    March 31, 2015 by
    Foreigners who live in Italy can choose among many English speaking schools. It is not possible to say with certainty if they have a lower or higher level of education compared to Italian schools. Therefore, it is important to know what the student would like to do after terminating the...
  • Air transportation: latest judgments of the Court of Justice of the EU
    Air transportation: latest judgments of the Court of Justice of the EU
    March 27, 2015 by
    With reference to Air Transportation, the Court of Justice of the European Union has recently established some important principles concerning, for example, the concepts of ‘arrival time’, ‘denied boarding’, ‘cancellation’, ‘extraordinary circumstances’, ‘all reasonable measures’, ‘damage’, ‘compensation’, and of ‘time-limits for bringing actions for compensation’. 1) The Court of Justice...
  • Maximum amount of liquids transportable on an aircraft in hand luggage
    Maximum amount of liquids transportable on an aircraft in hand luggage
    March 24, 2015 by
    With reference to the transport of liquids in hand luggage, they must be carried in individual containers with a capacity no greater than 100 milliliters in a single transparent resealable plastic bag of a capacity not exceeding 1 liter. All liquids purchased from any duty free zone or on airplanes can be carried in hand luggage on condition...
  • Prohibited items on an aircraft in hand or checked luggage
    Prohibited items on an aircraft in hand or checked luggage
    March 24, 2015 by
    The European Union has drawn up a list of items that travelers are not allowed to carry on an aircraft in hand and/or in checked luggage for security reasons (e.g. guns, baseball bats, toy guns, sprays, knives or razor blades, corkscrews, explosives, fireworks and acids). Prohibited items on an aircraft in hand or checked luggage The European Union has drawn...
  • Rules to follow for security checks in order to enter the gates areas in Italian airports
    Rules to follow for security checks in order to enter the gates areas in Italian airports
    March 18, 2015 by
    ENAC has established a few simple rules concerning liquids, clothes, electronic devices, and metal items that must be observed by travelers who find themselves in an Italian airport. Rules to follow for security checks in order to enter the gates areas in Italian airports The Italian Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC)...
  • The Italian Health Card, the European Health Insurance Card, and the Health Card/National Services Card
    The Italian Health Card, the European Health Insurance Card, and the Health Card/National Services Card
    March 10, 2015 by
    TS, TEAM and TS/CNS cards, issued by the Inland Revenue Agency to whomever has a right to health care by the National Health Service (“Servizio Sanitario Nazionale – SSN”), allow holders to receive health care (medical attention from a doctor, buy drugs at the pharmacy, book a specialized examination at...
  • The Italian tax code
    The Italian tax code
    March 6, 2015 by
    The Italian tax code (“codice fiscale”) is the document of identification of individuals (newborns, foreigners, residents abroad) and entities other than individuals in all their relationships with the Italian public authorities and administrations. This document is required in order to obtain the Italian Health Card (Tessera Sanitaria), the “Residence permit” (Permesso di soggiorno), and also to...
  • European Small Claims Procedure
    European Small Claims Procedure
    February 18, 2015 by
    EU Regulation no. 861/2007 established a “Small Claims Procedure” which is applicable in all EU Member States except Denmark. The European Small Claims Procedure intends “to improve access to justice by simplifying cross-border small claims litigation in civil and commercial matters (thefts, debt collection, etc., e.n.) and reducing costs. “Small...
  • Buying and drinking alcohol in Italy
    Buying and drinking alcohol in Italy
    February 18, 2015 by
    In general it is lawful to sell (under license)/buy or drink alcohol, even outdoors. However, it is forbidden to sell alcohol to minors and (in some specific cases) during night hours. Minors do not incur in any administrative penalty or criminal charges for drinking alcoholic beverages at home or in...
  • How to pay in Italy. Payment instruments; limits to the use of cash and checks; credit/debit/rechargeable cards and wire transfers; extinguishing a debt under Italian law
    How to pay in Italy. Payment instruments; limits to the use of cash and checks; credit/debit/rechargeable cards and wire transfers; extinguishing a debt under Italian law
    February 18, 2015 by
    In Italy, there are many common payment instruments (cash, bank/postal check, cashier’s check, bank/wire transfer, credit/debit/rechargeable cards, postal or bank order). It is possible to pay in cash sums not exceeding € 2,999.99 with reference to “transfers” made for any reason between different individuals or legal entities. The transfer of...
  • Emergency and other useful phone numbers
    Emergency and other useful phone numbers
    February 17, 2015 by
    Here follows a list of emergency and other useful phone numbers anyone can call from a mobile or landline phone. For those who do not speak Italian we suggest asking your neighbours or those around you to make the call, if possible. It is very important to provide the operator with precise...
  • Limits to the transport of tobacco (cigarettes, cigars, etc.) into and out of Italy
    Limits to the transport of tobacco (cigarettes, cigars, etc.) into and out of Italy
    February 5, 2015 by
    Under European and Italian provisions there are limits to the quantities of tobacco products that private citizens can freely purchase and carry within EU countries and from non-EU countries to EU countries (and thus Italy) for personal use. Under Italian law, there is no specific limit to the export of tobacco...
  • Limits to the transport of personal belongings into and out of Italy
    Limits to the transport of personal belongings into and out of Italy
    February 5, 2015 by
    There are no limits to what private persons can buy and carry with them when they are traveling within the EU (and so into and out of Italy), as long as the products are for personal use, except for some specific goods subject to excise duty such as tobacco and...
  • Limit to the transport of cash to Italy
    Limit to the transport of cash to Italy
    February 5, 2015 by
    It is possible to freely enter or leave the Italian soil carrying an amount of cash (banknotes, coins, traveler’s chèques, bearer negotiable instruments, etc.) lower or equal to € 9,999.99. Anyone entering or leaving Italy and carrying cash of an amount equal to or greater than € 10,000 shall declare that sum of money to the...
  • Limits to the transport of alcohol into and out of Italy
    Limits to the transport of alcohol into and out of Italy
    February 5, 2015 by
    Under European and Italian provisions there are limits to the quantities of alcohol and alcoholic beverages that private citizens can freely purchase and carry within EU countries and from non-EU countries to EU countries (and thus Italy) for “personal use”. Under Italian law there is no specific limit to the export...
  • The bank account contract under Italian law
    The bank account contract under Italian law
    February 3, 2015 by
    The bank account contract is a real “atypical contract” stipulated under Italian law between the customer and the bank. It is governed by the specific provisions contained in the contract, by the Italian Civil Code, and by Legislative Decree 385/1993. The bank agrees to perform direct/indirect debit/credit operations on the...

 

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