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What changes about life in Italy in February 2022?

From Carnevale to Covid-19 restrictions, here's what to expect this month if you live in Italy.

People walk in central Florence.
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Italy’s green pass rules tightened

Several of Italy’s rules around the use of health certificates change during February.

As of Tuesday, February 1st, customers must show a ‘basic’ version of Italy’s green pass to enter banks, post offices, public offices, tobacconists, bookshops, newsagents (except outdoor kiosks) and shopping malls, according to a decree signed by Prime Minister Mario Draghi on January 21st.

The basic version of the pass is already a requirement for entry to hairdressers, barbers, and beauty salons.

These rules are in addition to the existing requirement of a ‘super’ green pass on all forms of public transport, in bars and restaurants, gyms, hotels, cinemas, theatres and sports stadiums.

READ ALSO: How do Italy’s Covid-19 rules change from February 1st?

Italy currently has a two-tiered green pass system in place, with the basic version of the pass available to those who test negative, alongside the ‘reinforced’ or ‘super’ green pass which proves the bearer is vaccinated against or has recovered from Covid-19.

From February 1st, fines can also be issued to over-50s who refuse to be vaccinated following the introduction of a vaccine mandate for this age group in January.

Those who haven’t completed their primary vaccination cycle or received their booster within the requisite timeframes also face the “one-off” 100-euro fine, the health ministry has confirmed.

From February 15th, all over-50s and staff at universities will also need the ‘super green pass’ to access workplaces.

See further details of the changing Covid-19 restrictions in Italy this month here.

Vaccine pass validity reduced from nine to six months

February 1st also sees the validity of Italy’s ‘super’ or ‘reinforced’ green pass, which can be obtained only through vaccination or recovery from Covid, reduced from nine to six months.

While Italian media reports that the government is considering extending the validity of the pass indefinitely for those who have had a third or booster dose, this change has still not been confirmed as of February 1st, and the government has not made any official statement on the issue. 

Keep an eye on our Italian ‘green pass’ news section for updates.

READ ALSO: Q&A: How will Italy’s new six-month Covid vaccine pass validity work?

A bar owner uses the VerifyC19 mobile phone application to scan a customers 'green pass' in central Rome.
A bar owner uses the VerifyC19 mobile phone application to scan a customers ‘green pass’ in central Rome. Photo by Andreas SOLARO / AFP

Changes to the international travel rules

Italy has confirmed travel restrictions will be simplified from the start of February for arrivals from within the European Union.

Travellers will now only need to show proof of a recent negative test result, vaccination or recovery under the EU-wide health pass scheme, rather than both proof of vaccination AND a recent negative test result to avoid a five-day quarantine on arrival.

For arrivals from non-EU countries, the existing rules will be extended another six weeks.

That means arrivals from countries on the government’s List D can continue to enter Italy without a quarantine requirement provided they can produce both a vaccination certificate and a recent negative test; while entry from countries on its more restricted List E is permitted only under specific circumstances, and comes with a ten day self-isolation requirement

READ ALSO: How do Italy’s international travel rules change from February 1st?

Non-reusable plastics banned

From February 14th, Italy will implement the EU’s ban on single-use plastics, passed in Brussels last July with the aim of reducing plastic and microplastic waste in the world’s oceans by 30 percent by 2050.

Biodegradable and compostable plastic is exempt from the ban, but companies caught selling other single use plastic products will be subject to fines of between 2,500 and 25,000 euros, according to online magazine Benessere Economico.

Carnevale celebrations – and school holidays

Like France’s Mardi Gras, Carnevale is traditionally the Christian celebration before the restrictions of Lent begin on Ash Wednesday (February 14th). Parades, festivals and events take place across Italy, bringing a burst of colour to the dull month of February. Check your local comune‘s website for details of events in your area.

Some lucky schoolchildren in Italy also enjoy a holiday for carnevale. In the northern regions of Piedmont and Veneto, for example, the break begins on the 26th and 28th of February respectively. Holidays vary by region – see a calendar with 2022 dates for each part of the country here.

Sanremo Music Festival

The 2022 edition of the Sanremo Music Festival kicks off on Tuesday, February 1st. Love it or hate it, this is Italy’s answer to Eurovision and a major date in the nation’s cultural calendar. Here are ten facts about Sanremo to impress your Italian friends with.

Member comments

  1. I haven’t seen any official news from the government related to nightclubs and dance venues, in a normal world this would likely mean the decree will not be extended but based on how they managed the ski resorts last year I think no news is bad news and the chances are we’ll be hearing this weekend that the decree will be extended another month – which is devastating for the night time economy and the ski resort hospitality.

  2. Just wondering if you know whether you will need the green pass to enter the Questura, to pick up a permesso di sorgiorno. My wife is waiting for her tessera, which has been processed. Until then she can’t get her third dose, thus her green pass expires 1February. Thank you.

    1. Hi, you will need a ‘basic’ version of a green pass to enter the Questura and other public offices from Feb 1st, but not for “essential” reasons. The relevant decree doesn’t specify whether picking up a residency permit is classed is essential, so we can only suggest checking with the Questura.

      In the meantime, it may be possible to book a third dose without the tessera – here are some more details:

      With best wishes,
      – Clare

      1. So in her case, since her original green expires February 1, she would need either her third dose thus resetting here green pass or a negative Covid test in the requisite timeframe 72/48 hours?

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On the agenda: What’s happening in Italy this week

From another strike affecting air travel to a public holiday, here’s what to expect in Italy this week.

On the agenda: What’s happening in Italy this week


More bad weather on the way?

Summer seems to have arrived at last for most parts of Italy, but an interruption to these balmy conditions is on the way in many areas according to the latest forecasts.

Rain is expected from Monday morning in northwestern regions (Piedmont, Liguria, Aosta Valley and some areas of Lombardy)

Showers and perhaps storms are then expected later in the day for areas along the Tyrrhenian coast (parts of Lazio, Campania, Calabria and southern Tuscany) and the islands, Sicily and Sardinia, in the afternoon.

Wet conditions are expected to linger in the coming days, but should hopefully clear up before the start of the long weekend.


President Mattarella visits flood-hit areas

Italian President Sergio Mattarella will make an official visit to the northeastern Emilia Romagna region on Tuesday, May 30th after devastating floods killed 14 people, displaced tens of thousands and left large swathes of land submerged in mid-May.

READ ALSO: How you can help people affected by flooding in northern Italy

The castle and flooded streets in the town of Lugo, near Ravenna, on May 18, 2023, after flooding across Italy’s northern Emilia Romagna region. (Photo by Federico SCOPPA / AFP)

Martin Scorsese and world-class screenings in Rome

American director Martin Scorsese will be in Rome on Tuesday, May 30th to present Carte Blanche, a collection of five critically acclaimed titles from his extensive filmography.

The event will take place at the outdoor Ettore Scola Theatre in Villa Borghese at 9pm and will be followed by a screening of Mean Streets, one of Scorsese’s best-known works. Entry will be free of charge. 

READ ALSO: Eight things you can do in Rome for free

The entire Carte Blanche collection will be screened at the Ettore Scola Theatre from Monday, May 29th to Sunday, June 4th.

Info on show times and tickets can be found here.


Roma faces Sevilla in Europa League final

AS Roma will take on Spanish side Sevilla on Wednesday, May 31st in the final act of this year’s UEFA Europa League, the second-most prestigious European football competition after the Champions League.

After winning the UEFA Conference League last year, Jose Mourinho’s team will now try to secure another European title in Wednesday’s Budapest showdown.

The match will be screened on Rai1 (channel 1 on Italian TV), with kickoff scheduled for 9pm.

Rome residents can expect city-wide celebrations and late-night parties if the giallorossi win.

Venice Boat Show

TheSalone Nautico, one of Italy’s biggest boating fairs, will return to Venice on Wednesday, May 31st.

The six-day event showcases some 300 vessels from Italy and abroad within the confines of the iconic Arsenale, a complex of former military shipyards repurposed as a large-scale exhibition space.

Tickets are 15 euros each and can be bought here.


Public holiday

June 2nd is Italy’s Republic Day, or Festa della Repubblica, a national public holiday commemorating the day in 1946 when Italians voted to abolish the monarchy in favour of the current constitutional republic.

This year it’s also the start of a three-day weekend for many, as it conveniently falls on a Friday.

READ ALSO: What to expect on Italy’s Republic Day 2023

The extra day off work is traditionally an opportunity to go to the beach, so expect so see plenty of picnic bags and ombrelloni if the weather permits it.

But those aren’t the only things you may come across on June 2nd. From official celebrations to shop closures and reduced public transport, you can find out more about what happens on Republic Day here.


Airport staff strike

Airline passengers travelling to or from Italy are once set to face disruption on Sunday, June 4th as handling staff at airports around the country plan to take part in a 24-hour walkout.

As at least four of Italy’s largest transport workers’ unions are involved in the strike, the protest is expected to cause at least some disruption at all of Italy’s major airports, especially at check-in desks and baggage collection points.

Staff from several airlines, including Volotea, American Airlines and Emirates, are also set to hold separate protests on this date, which may result in significant flight delays or cancellations.

You can find out more about the strike here.

Free museum openings

People all around Italy will be able to visit museums and archaeological sites free of charge on Sunday, June 4th under the popular Domenica al Museo or ‘free museum Sundays’ scheme.

READ ALSO: What you need to know about Italy’s free museum Sundays

The scheme applies to hundreds of state-run sites, including world-famous attractions the like the Colosseum, Pompeii, Florence’s Galleria dell’Accademia, the Reggia di Caserta and Trieste’s Miramare Castle.

Find more information about how it works in our article HERE.