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Living in Italy

Things to know when living in Italy such as useful information and practical tips on transcription of marriages in the Italian Registers of Civil Status, same-sex marriages, the Italian tax code, drinking and smoking in Italy, how to buy a house or open a bank account, and more.

  • Brexit update
    Brexit update
    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...
  • Italy: double taxation
    Italy: double taxation
    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...
  • Registration of a trademark in Europe and Italian representative. FAQ
    Registration of a trademark in Europe and Italian representative. FAQ
    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...
  • How foreigners can open and close a bank account in Italy
    How foreigners can open and close a bank account in Italy
    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...
  • How to obtain a copy of a deed
    How to obtain a copy of a deed
    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...
  • Brexit: its impact on Italian and UK citizens
    Brexit: its impact on Italian and UK citizens
    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...
  • Transcription of marriages celebrated abroad in the Italian Registers of Civil Status
    Transcription of marriages celebrated abroad in the Italian Registers of Civil Status
    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...
  • 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
    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...
  • How to buy a house in Italy
    How to buy a house in Italy
    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...
  • Smoking in Italy
    Smoking in Italy
    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...
  • 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
    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...
  • The Italian tax code
    The Italian tax code
    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...
  • Buying and drinking alcohol in Italy
    Buying and drinking alcohol in Italy
    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...
  • 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
    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...
  • The bank account contract under Italian law
    The bank account contract under Italian law
    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...

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