Starting a Business in Italy [Book Review]

This is my first book review and – guess what? – it’s about one of my potential competitor (joking). Starting a Business in Italy by Emma Bird and Mario Berri is the first book I bought on when I started my own firm. I like to scout what other authors say about doing business in Italy. The book is somewhat outdated, published in 2006, but still a very good place to start. Emma Bird writes her own blog and lives in Italy, so hopefully one day she will decide to print a new version, eventually compatible with my kindle or as an e-book. Competition or not, I am always glad when someone promote Italy in the business area. There are many books on Italian art and Italian food but not enough on Italian business. I admit – business in Italy is not as good as the food – that’s why I was so happy to find Emma’s book. Enjoy!


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  1. Just started up my own business in Italy and Emma’s book is great! And she has become a friend too.

    1. Welcome to Italy Radhika. I see from your website that you run a medical and scientific translation center. Ad Majora (“All the Best” in ancient Latin)

  2. I want to buy one book about doing business in Italy but there is not kindle version. Do you have the kindle in Italy?

    1. Yes Richard we have the kindle in Italy, air conditioning and even running water (joking). But you are right, in Europe we need some time to jump on new technologies. If nobody does, I will write a kindle book on “doing business in Italy” myself next year. May I count you as a customer?

  3. this is a good book i read it and i suggest to read it. but they talk to much, they could have said the same things in half the page. maybe they can publish a shorter ebook version

  4. hello
    Myself Sanjeev kumar Rungta an indian national. I am interested in opening a new partnership limited liability company in italy for import and export of various items. If you can tell me the complete formalities for registering a new company. Means how much capital is required, how much is government fees, what documents do you require for residence permit, how much time you require to open a company and what will be your fees for arranging everything. waiting for your reply.
    Sanjeev Rungta

    1. Never ask a lawyer to provide a consult for free 🙂

      Anyway, if you want to operate in Italy and you have NO immigration visa, you can still do it with an Italian Limited Company (SRL). You can find more information on this website here:

      I don’t setup companies unless there is a bigger operation involved, however there are a couple of company formation agent happy to do that. Almost all of them are my clients, so I have a conflict of interest. I suggest to search on Google. If you can’t find anything, reply to my message and I will see if anybody can contact you.

  5. Wonderful site. Plenty of helpful information here.
    I’m sending it to a few pals ans also sharing in delicious.
    And naturally, thanks for your sweat!

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