Documents and formalities

The following documents are of importance for the buyer:

  1. Italian social-tax payer’s number (codice fiscale), to apply for at the local Tax Office (We can take care of this for you).
  2. Italian VAT-number (partita IVA) in case you buy as a business, to apply for at the local Tax Office (We can take care of this for you).
  3. identity papers (carta d’identità).
  4. Valid passport or EU identity card.
  5. Documents regarding the civil status and marriage lines. When you are married in community of property, you must both sign and have an international (translated in Italian) wedding certificate from your country.
  6. A bank account in Italy.
  7. An Italian mobile phone account (to arrange bank payments and online administration)
  8. ANTI- MONEY LAUNDERING NOTICE: This form must be filled out to prove where the money is from. Pursuant to the Anti-Money Laundering Law – AMLL (Legislative Decree no. 231 on November 21st, 2007 and subsequent amendments) when Notaries are performing, on behalf of their clients, any financial or real estate transaction, they must comply with the obligations of appropriate control of their clients. House For Sale Tuscany will send you this form in advance and the notary will help you when you have certain questions.
  9. Application form for an entry visa (for non-EU citizens). For citizens from the USA and Canada you need a tourist entrance for a minimum of 90 days.


In order to sell a property in Italy, there are a couple of fully up-to-date documents needed that the vendor needs to supply:

  1. the original title-deed (atto di provenienza): purchase contract, legacy contract, donation contract.
  2. building permits (concessioni edilizie, permessi di costruire, DIA, SCIA), in case renovation or restoration work was carried out on the property, and/or amnesty certificates for infringement of building regulations (condono edilizio, concessione in sanatoria).
  3. inspection certificates from the land office (visure catastali).
  4. cadastral floor plans of the buildings (planimetrie catastali).
  5. cadastral surveys of the land (mappe catastali).
  6. compliance certificates of the installations for gas, electricity, and water (dichiarazioni di conformità degli impianti) and/or the certificate of habitability (certificato di abitabilità)
  7. energy certificate (Attestato di Prestazione Energetica APE).
  8. certificate of the town planning destination (Certificato di Destinazione Urbanistica CDU) in case the sale concerns also agricultural land.
  9. documents regarding the civil status or changes in it, e.g. divorce, decease, legacy contract, and such.
  10. taxpayer’s code number.
  11. identity papers (carta d’identità, passport).

The notary will carry out all the necessary crosschecks with relation to the above-mentioned documents before the actual conveyance takes place. The real estate agent, in an earlier stage, will also verify the proprietary right at the Land Registry, (Conservatoria dei Registri Immobiliari) as well as the presence of possible adverse entries and obligations encumbering the property, like for instance mortgages and servitudes, beside those already stated by the vendor. He also verifies the conformity of the property with the local planning and building regulations and the presence of the necessary building permits. In this way, last minute surprises should be avoided as much as possible!

The information on this page is compiled with the greatest care; nevertheless, no rights may be derived from this information and optional attachments. We recommend that you check with the embassy in your country for the specifications and available information regarding your plans.