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What changes about life in Italy in August 2021?

From new ways to use your Covid-19 health passport to a national summer holiday, here's what's coming up in Italy this August.

What changes about life in Italy in August 2021?
For some people, August in Italy means one thing only: the beach. Photo by ludovic MARIN / AFP

New criteria for regional restrictions

From August 1st, Italy has a new way of classifying regions into colour-coded risk zones. 

From now on Italy will no longer decide restrictions based on the incidence rate of Covid-19 – which has risen significantly in recent weeks – but on levels of hospital occupancy, which for now remains low. 

READ ALSO: How Italy plans to avoid tightening Covid restrictions this summer despite rising cases

The change is designed to keep as much of the country as possible a low-risk ‘white zone’ throughout the summer, with minimal restrictions in place. 

Another chance to get a bonus for buying a new car

The Italian government launches another round of ‘ecobonuses’ this month to tempt residents to replace older cars with less polluting models.

You could benefit from up to €2,000 off the price tag if you trade in a pre-2011 model for one that produces less than 60g of CO2 per km – and while the maximum bonus is smaller than in previous editions, it’s now available if you’re buying a used car, not just a brand-new one. 

Applications opened on August 2nd for passenger cars, and from August 5th for commercial and specialised vehicles. Click here to learn more. 

READ ALSO: ‘How we used a government bonus to buy an electric car in Italy’


‘Green pass’ required to access indoor restaurants, museums and more

Italy extends the use of its health passport from Friday, August 6th: from then on, proof of vaccination, recovery or a recent negative coronavirus test will be required to access indoor seating at bars and restaurants, museums, concerts, theatres, theme parks, spas and more. 

EXPLAINED: When, where and why will you need a Covid health passport in Italy?

If you were vaccinated, treated or tested for Covid-19 in Italy, find out how to download your health pass here.

Remember, if you’re visiting Italy from another part of the EU or one of these five countries outside the bloc, you can show your certificates from home without having to request an Italian version.

If you’re visiting from elsewhere and require a green pass, you’ll need to get a coronavirus test (or several): find out how to get tested here, and learn more about using the result to download a health pass here.

Italy takes a national summer holiday

August 15th is Ferragosto, the public holiday that marks the height of the Italian summer.

People who live in Italy typically spend it away from home – so expect to finds streets empty and businesses closed if you stay in the city, and beaches and hotels packed if you join the exodus to the coast. 


This year Ferragosto falls on a Sunday, so sadly there’s no extra day off – though anyone who can afford it has probably been on holiday for several weeks already.

Find out more about the holiday and its history here.

Tax deadlines

A host of tax deadlines come up in August, mostly concentrated between the 20th and the 31st.

Among the payments due are certain instalments of VAT from self-employed workers and income tax from workers with an employer. Meanwhile, applications for an exemption from Italy’s TV licence fee by low-income over-75s must be submitted by August 20th, and taxpayers who underpaid and need to top up their annual balance have until August 31st.

Find Italy’s official tax calendar here – and if in doubt, ask an accountant.

Trade in your old TV for a bonus

From August 23rd, you’ll be able to request the government’s ‘TV bonus’: up to €100 off the price of a new-generation set when you trade in an old one.

The idea is to help residents with the cost of replacing older TV when Italy phases out the current transmission signal and switches over to DVB-T2 by summer 2022. Find out more details here.

Summer sales end

The official discount period ends between mid- and late August in most Italian regions, making it your last chance to go sales shopping until winter price cuts begin in January. 

A handful of regions are allowing sales to continue into September, however, after shops were given special permission to shift the dates to make up for prolonged closures earlier this year. Find out when sales end in your region here.


Decision due on compulsory vaccination for teachers

Before the new school year begins, the government will assess how many teachers have been vaccinated so far and whether shots should be made mandatory to ensure maximum coverage.

READ ALSO: How big is Italy’s anti-vax movement really?

Regional authorities are due to submit their vaccination rates for school staff to the national Covid-19 emergency commission by August 20th: if they’re below 90 percent, the commission will consider ordering unvaccinated staff to get their shots.

By July 30th, around 15 percent of school employees still had not had either dose of a vaccine.

Italian football season kicks off

Sports fans left bereft after the Olympic Games end on August 8th won’t have long to wait: Italy’s 2021-22 Serie A season begins on August 21st.

Around 20 matches are scheduled over the last ten days of the month: find the fixtures here

International travel restrictions up for review

Italy’s travel rules are up for review again on August 30th, when the current entry requirements imposing quarantine for certain countries and limiting entry from others are once more due to expire.

READ ALSO: Which countries can use a Covid health pass to avoid quarantine in Italy?

The UK, Australia, New Zealand and other non-EU countries allowed to visit Italy for tourism will be hoping that the Italian government drops its five-day quarantine for vaccinated and tested travellers, while people from India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are crossing their fingers that Italy introduces some exceptions to its strict ban on entry from their countries.

No changes are guaranteed, however, and would-be travellers should be warned that the Italian government may not announce its decision until shortly before the deadline. It’s wise not to book any non-refundable trips.

Member comments

  1. Hello again! I have an American friend in Italy at this time 8/2/2021-8/10/2021 who has stated the his CDC card DID NOT work as the green pass after all. I was informed that although he traveled with his CDC card, he still had to obtain a green pass. His words were “to obtain a green pass is easy, just a hassle.” Do you have any information on this? I will be in Italy with parents sept 15th & if I can get things in order prior to trip, that would help!

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What changes about life in Italy in March 2022?

From the gradual easing of Covid restrictions to the clocks jumping forward an hour, here's what to expect in Italy in March.

What changes about life in Italy in March 2022?

International travel rules change

From March 1st, Italy will allow all fully-vaccinated or recently-recovered travellers from non-EU countries to enter the country without the additional need for a negative Covid test.

Any of a vaccination certificate, certificate of recovery or a negative test result will allow extra-EU arrivals entry into Italy without any quarantine requirement – so unvaccinated travellers and those not recovered from Covid-19 will be able to enter the country with just proof of a negative test.

EXPLAINED: How Italy’s travel rules change in March

Passengers can present certificates of recovery, vaccination or testing in digital or paper format.

All arrivals will still need to complete a digital passenger locator form (dPLF) – find the instructions and download link here.

See further details of the upcoming changes to the travel restrictions here.

International Women’s Day

March 8th is International Women’s Day (la Giornata internazionale dei diritti della donna or simply la Festa della Donna in Italian) and while it’s not any kind of official holiday in Italy, it’s still widely recognised in the form of small-scale celebrations or marches and demonstrations.

You can expect to see bunches of feathery yellow mimosa flowers pop up in florists’ stalls, as it’s traditional in Italy to give these to a woman on International Women’s Day. 

According to Italian Marie Claire, the flower was chosen by early 20th century activists Rita Montagnana and Teresa Mattei both because it can readily be found flowering in the countryside in March, and because despite its delicate appearance, it’s deceptively strong and resilient.

Hospital visits for relatives and food and drink returns to cinemas

Following a unanimous vote by the Italian parliament’s Social Affairs Commission, March 10th is the date on which it will once again become possible for family members to visit their relatives in hospital.

READ ALSO: TIMELINE: When will Italy ease its coronavirus restrictions?

Those who are fully vaccinated and boosted will reportedly be able to access health facilities to visit their relatives without any further requirements, while people who haven’t received a booster shot will need a negative test to enter.

From the same date, it will also be possible to eat and drink in Italy’s cinemas, theatres, concert halls and sports stadiums, Italian news media reports.

Italy’s government had banned the consumption of food and beverages in these venues last Christmas Eve in response to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant. 

Rome marathon

On March 27th, Rome will host its annual marathon once again.

Starting and ending by the Colosseum, the 26 mile course takes runners along the Tiber and past numerous historic sites including the ancient Roman Circo Massimo chariot race track, the Spanish Steps, Castel Sant’Angelo and St. Peter’s Basilica, to name a few.

That means if you’re planning on travelling around central Rome on this date, you should prepare for most of the roads to be cordoned off and for traffic to be significantly diverted.

The race starts at 8.30am, and the maximum completion time is six and a half hours. For those who aren’t fans of running, the event also welcomes power walkers, according to its official website.

The Rome marathon starts and ends at the Colosseum. Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP

The clocks go forward

March 27th is also the date Daylight Savings Time begins: the clocks jump forward at 2am, and everyone loses an hour of sleep.

While the EU voted in 2019 to scrap DST by 2021, a combination of Covid, Brexit, and an intra-EU stalemate (the EU Council and the EU Commission each insists the other needs to act first before anything can be done) has delayed putting a stop to the clock change, which means it will go ahead once again this March.

READ ALSO: Clocks go back in Italy despite EU deal on scrapping hour change

Italy, for one, is glad of the delays, having previously filed a formal request that the current system be kept in place.

That’s because in southern countries such as Italy or Spain daylight savings actually lengthens the days, helping people save on their energy bills – while in northern Europe the change doesn’t bring any such benefits.

Italy’s state of emergency ends

Italy’s current state of emergency or stato di emergenza, in place since January 31st, 2020, will end on March 31st, 2022, Prime Minister Mario Draghi announced at a business conference on February 23rd. 

The state of emergency is the condition which has allowed the Italian government to bring in emergency measures by decree over the past two years.

READ ALSO: Italy to end Covid state of emergency and cut ‘super green pass’, PM confirms

Bringing the state of emergency to an end doesn’t automatically mean that all current restrictions will be immediately dropped; however Draghi has already confirmed that after March 31st, some rules will be removed.

These include the abolition of Italy’s four-tiered colour coded system of Covid restrictions; the removal of outdoor mask mandates throughout Italy; and an end to the requirements for schoolchildren to wear high-grade FFP2 masks in the classroom or to quarantine if one of their classmates tests positive for the virus.