Passport & Customs

Italy is part of the European Union and a signee of the Schengen Agreement, which is a treaty that led most of the European countries towards abolishment of their national borders, known as “Schengen Area.” The Schengen area includes 26 countries, which allows citizens of member countries to travel within the zone freely, without passing through passport and border control. Americans, among few other world travelers, expecting to stay for less than 90 days are permitted to enter and travel throughout the whole territory of the Schengen Zone (including the UK) without having to obtain an EU visa.
Exports from Italy

There are no restrictions on gifts purchased in Italy except for antiques and works of art more than 100 years old. These require the authorization of the Ministero dei Beni Culturali e Ambientali., which the antiques dealer from which you purchase them can help you obtain.

Country Regulations on Purchases Abroad

When returning home you will be most likely required to declare any articles articles acquired abroad, whether purchased, received as gifts or purchased at a duty free shop. Each country has different regulations on how much you are allowed to bring without incurring into extra duties, please consult your government website to check what those limits are.

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