Prepare for travel to Italy in 2023

How to prepare the trip to Italy – Italian Citizenship

Preparing a trip to Italy for the purpose of applying for Italian citizenship involves some specific steps.

For you to carry out the recognition of Italian citizenship directly in Italy if you enter the country as a tourist. Therefore, we remind you that, to date, American tourists are EXEMPT FROM VISA of entry for stay of up to 90 (ninety) days, but after 90 days to stay in Italy it is necessary to apply for the visa to the consulate responsible for their residence and / or the “permesso di soggiorno”.

The “permesso di Soggiorno” is a document issued by the Italian government that authorizes a foreigner to legally reside in Italy for a certain period of time. It is necessary for those who wish to stay in the country for more than 90 days, whether to work, study, reunite with family or other purposes.

In the case of Italian citizenship by descent, it should be ordered or “permesso di soggiorno per attesa cittadinanza”.

Here are some recommendations to help you prepare properly:

1-– Round trip, with the return less than 90 days;

The return air ticket must also be presented at customs. We remind you that an American tourist cannot stay for more than 90 days every six months in Europe, so the return ticket must obey this rule.

2-Travel insurance (Worldwide Travel Insurance)

Travel insurance, with coverage of not less than 30 thousand euros, is mandatory throughout the Schengen Area, that is, in all countries that are part of the European Union, such as Italy.

Travel insurance should cover hospitalization costs, medical expenses, and repatriation for medical reasons, for the days you are outside the United States.

Travel can be purchased from a travel agent or online.

In the case of Italy, not every service is free in the public health network. The cost of the service is around 25,00 Euro.

3-Financial Resources

Americans who intend to enter Italy must demonstrate financial resources that will guarantee the minimum means of subsistence during their stay in the country and cover any health expenses.

Financial availability can be demonstrated by presenting international credit cards, cash, documents proving the availability of sources of income in Italy or prepaid service securities.


The U.S. citizen must prove to the immigration authorities the existence of a suitable accommodation where to stay in Italy during the trip.

The existence of the suitable accommodation can be proven through a hotel/airbnb reservation, rental agreement or invitation letter.

The invitation letter must be signed by an Italian citizen, or legally resident foreigner, with which he attests to his availability to offer lodging in Italy to the American citizen.

The copy of the identity document of the person who is invited must be presented along with the invitation letter.

However, for the application for Italian citizenship directly in Italy, you must apply for residence to the “comune”. Hotels and Airbnb are not considered suitable accommodation to reside in Italy.

When applying for residency in Italy, you will need to follow the legal procedures and comply with the requirements set by the Italian authorities. It is advisable to contact the “comune” or visit the dedicated website for up-to-date information on residency requirements and procedures.


The U.S. Passport must be at least 3 months valid when leaving the Schengen area.

However, we remind you that the Italian citizenship process has a legal duration of 6 months and may have a longer time depending on each case, so it is recommended for those who have a passport expiring in 6 months to request a new document before travel.

The passport must also have at least two blank pages and cannot have been issued more than 10 (ten) years ago.

6-Documents for the recognition of Italian citizenship

The documents for the recognition of Italian citizenship are not mandatory for entry into the country, but it is important to keep them in hand if there is a need to justify the reason for the trip.

7-Destination Information:

Below is some useful information about Italy:

1.     Capital: The capital of Italy is Rome, a city full of historical monuments such as the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Vatican City.

2.     Language: The official language is Italian. However, in some regions, regional dialects are spoken.

3.     Currency: The official currency is the Euro (EUR).

4.     Climate: The Italian climate varies depending on the region. In the north, the seasons are more distinct, with cold winters and hot summers. In the south, the climate is more Mediterranean, with milder winters and warm, sunny summers.

5.     Cuisine: Italian food is world famous. Dishes such as pizza, pasta, risotto, gelato and espresso coffee are some of the highlights of Italian cuisine.

6.     Social etiquette: Depending on the degree of closeness to the person, Italians usually greet each other with a kiss on the cheek or a handshake. Table etiquette is important, and the host is usually expected to start the meal.

This information should help you get a little more familiar with Italy before your trip. However, remember that each region can have its cultural particularities and traditions, so it’s always helpful to do a little more research on the specific area you plan to visit.

8-Currency Conversion:

Check the current exchange rate and consider converting an appropriate amount of local currency before you travel. Also, inquire about the exchange rates and exchange options available in Italy to ensure you have access to the money you need during your trip.


Consider the transportation options available in Italy, such as trains, buses, and car rentals, to get around between cities. Research the schedules, fares, and best transportation options according to your itinerary.

1st Language:

Learn some basic Italian words to facilitate communication during your presentation of the demand for recognition of Italian citizenship. However, in the tourist areas many people speak English.

Attention: Declaring presence in Italian territory

The declaration of presence on Italian territory is a mandatory step for anyone who intends to recognize Italian citizenship directly in Italy and has chosen to travel on a flight with a stopover in a country of the Schengen area.

Upon arrival in Italy you must declare your presence in the territory to “Questura”, within a period of up to 8 (eight) days, in accordance with Decree Law No. .10 (of 15/02/2007).

 *Remember that these are only general recommendations, and it is important to check the specific travel requirements, restrictions and current policies of the Italian government, as well as any changes related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please contact the Italian consulate in your country for the most up-to-date information before your trip.

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