¿Como crear un negocio en italia?

Italy is an interesting market where to start a business. Italy is the 3rd  largest economy in Europe and the 8th  in the World. Moreover, its strategic position, from a geographical standpoint, facilitates trades between Northen Europe, Southern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, making Italy a great place where to expand or start an international business.

Prepare your business plan

To start a business in Italy, is important to define your activity. What is your business about? What kind of structure and target does it have? If you your business model and your goals match the Italian, let’s get into it!

Define the type of business you want to set up

Italy offers different options to start your business. It is necessary to identify in which of the existing categories your business will fall under, depending on its size, function and budget.

Choose the type of company

Limited liability companies

S.R.L. And S.R.L.S. Are the most common types of limited liability companies in italy and they allow the broadest flexibility to the founder(s).


Founders (or some of them) have unlimited liability towards creditors and need to use their personal assets to pay the debts and obligations of the company.

Benefit corporations

They are “for-profit” companies that, at the same time, achieve one or more beneficial purposes.

Sole proprietorships

Are the easiest and fastest way to start a small business in italy.  The owner is the only responsible for the enterprise.

Innovative start-up company

Companies whose core business consists in the development, production and commercialization of innovative goods or services of high technological value.

Other entities


They are foreign “units” of the mother company. They are not a separate legal entities and are considered as permanent establishments subject to taxation in italy.

Representative offices

They are fixed places for promotional, advertising activities, collection of information, scientific or market research.

Discover more on all types of companies you can set up in Italy.

Check your permit requirements

To  start  a  business  in  Italy  as  a  foreigner,  you  should  know  that  there  are  no  specific limitations  regarding  most  nationalities,  when  it  comes  to  opening  a  company  in  Italy. Director/Shareholder doesn’t need to have Italian residency, it is enough to provide an ID or a vaild passport.

However, if you’re planning to move to manage your business locally, don’t forget to get a legal permit to live and work in Italy. Discover more on our immigration services.

Understand the time frame

How long does it take to register a company in italy? The time frame for a foreigner to set up a company (including obtaining VAT and opening a bank account) is approximately 5-6 working days from the day in which we start the incorporation procedure. It may vary according to the type of business you need to set up.

Be aware of the challenges

Bureaucracy, despite what is said about its complexity, can be easly overcomed by good preparation, clear ideas and a professional support. The best way to have your business be set up smoothly is to rely on local support.

Ask for local professional support

Our team of lawyers provides legal assistance in setting up a business in italy and many other related services. You can benefit from having a single provider for all the different needs of your company, from setting up a business to tax, accounting, payroll and immigration services. Contact us.

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