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Being an au pair in Italy


IMPORTANT (2011): THIS PAGE IS BEING UPDATED. FOR UP TO DATE INFORMATION PLEASE REFER TO THE OFFICIAL GOVERNMENT WEBSITE FOR EACH COUNTRY.


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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