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Being an au pair in Italy


Employment requirements and conditions for au pairs and nannies change on a regular basis in every country. Please note it is YOUR responsibility to check the most up-to-date information on government websites. Thank you!

  • Age: Must be age 18-30
  • Salary (Pocket money): The family and au pair are free to come to an agreement about the salary paid. This is generally around €60-€65 per week for an au pair and about € 80-€90 per week for “au pairs plus” au pairs
  • Number of hrs to work and days off: The daily work period is usually 5-6 hours with at least one full day off a week. If an au pair is in the au pair plus programme they have 7-8 working hours per day and 2 days off per week
  • Visas: Au pairs from the EU do not need a work permit to enter Italy as an au pair. However, an au pair from outside the EU is required to obtain a long stay visa. For more information on applying for a long stay visa see Visa requirements for Italy
  • Duration of stay: Au pairs spend on average 6-12 months with the family
  • Health Insurance: In order to get a long stay visa, an au pair must have travel and medical insurance
  • Travel costs: Travel costs to Italy from the au pair's home country should be covered by the au pair. However if the host family wants to pay for a part of the costs, it is suggested that they do so after the au pair has stayed with them for at least half of the agreed time.
  • Language courses: For au pairs from outside the EU to get a long stay visa they must produce a certificate of enrolment (plus receipt of payment) from any Italian School or College where they will be attending a course of Italian language.

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