How To Open an Italian Bank Account

Understand the requirements of opening a personal bank account in Italy...

Bank accounts can be opened in Italy by both residents and non-residents from 18 years of age.

Non-residents are entitled to a non-resident account (conto estero) only. Only foreign currency or imported euros may be paid into this account.

Foreigners working in Italy may open an account in order to pay in a salary and have a credit or debit card.

The following papers are necessary:

  • Passport
  • Tax number (Codice Fiscale)
  • Recent utility bill (as proof of address)
  • Residence card or proof of employment in Italy

It is not necessary to make an appointment to open a current account. Opening an account can be done in a day and methods of making payments (cash cards and cheque books) will usually arrive within two to three weeks of the account being opened.