​Do you have an Italian ancestors?

If so, you might be eligible to claim your Italian citizenship. There are multiple advantages to have such strong and powerful passport, because once you are an Italian citizen you can:

  • Live, and travel freely in the EU;

  • Work and study within the EU;

  • Benefit of free universal healthcare in Italy;

  • Pass your Italian citizenship to your descendants;

  • Start any businesses in Italy and Europe;

  • Say goodbye to EU VISA programs forever.

Despite it is very hard to sum up each single case used to claim the Italian citizenship, we can sum up briefly the main ones. Remember that having an Italian sounding last name is not enough to qualify, however it is a good place to start!

Italy has two ways to claim your citizenship


  1. Your ancestor was alive on March 17th 1861

  2. Your ancestor's naturalization occurred after the birth of his/her son (or it never occurred)

  3. If your ancestor was a woman, she must have give birth to her descendant after January 1st 1948

  4. You are married to an Italian citizen

Check our interactive form to find out if you can claim your citizenship

What you need to do to claim my Italian citizenship


First of all, you need to identify your ancestor in possession of the Italian Citizenship; if you can't retrieve him or her details you can must search for the Italian record, and in order to do so, you must provide the following information:

  1. Your ancestor's First and Last name 

  2. Any date range of your ancestor's birth, marriage, or death

  3. The name of the town/city in Italy in which your ancestor was born, got married or died

Your ancestor's Parents name is not mandatory to start the research, however it is extremely helpful to track your ancestor; of course, the more precise the information is, the more likely is to find the appropriate record. In any case it is still possible to run the research with missing or incomplete information

Once you have tracked your ancestor you must gather the relevant papers (birth certificate, marriage certificate, death certificate) and translate it into Italian by a certified translator.


You have two routes to apply and claim your Italian citizenship:

  1. The administrative route

  2. The consulate route

The first option requires you to move temporarily to Italy to start the process, however it is the fastest route since there is no need to bounce the papers between Italy and your foreign residency jurisdiction. All you have to do is to move to Italy on a temporary VISA, file your application, and the local immigration office will handle your case.

The second route must be done at the consulate located in your foreign country, you will supply the same information, but you don't need to temporarily move to Italy.


Should your ancestor be a woman born before January 1st 1948, you cannot qualify directly, but you need to file a lawsuit at the tribunal in Rome. Since 2009 the Court of Rome has granted various citizenship descendant of a woman with children before 1948.

You don't need to be present in Italy at that time, as you can provide a power of attorney to one of our lawyers to represent you in court. Furthermore, any of your family members can join you in the lawsuit.


Italian citizenship is passed on by bloodline, meaning that if you become an Italian citizen, all your descendents will be Italian too!

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How can we help?

Retire2Italy has a proven track of successful citizenship applications, and we can help you:

  1. Track your Italian ancestor;

  2. Request and collect the necessary papers for the citizenship application;

  3. Translate all your documents into Italian;

  4. Support your Citizenship application in Italy and abroad;

  5. Claim your Citizenship via the 1948 case providing all the necessary legal support

Wondering if you qualify?

At Retire2Italy we provide a full screening report identifying your chances to become 🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹 ​citizen.


At this stage, we study the potential feasibility of your application through a set of information you will provide us (e.g. the accurate list of your Italian ancestors, including information such as their date/place of birth/death, marriage(s), their eventual naturalization to other nationalities). Upon completing this phase, we are able to acknowledge if you have the requirements to apply for the Italian citizenship.