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Conditions to au pair in Italy

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An au pair poses by a beautiful column in an old square in Italy. Conditions to au pair in Italy

Au pair information for Italy

Pocket money and other costs

The pocket money in Italy for an au pair is between €250 and €300 a month. Host families should contribute around €50 per month toward insurance. We also recommend that they contribute to the cost of language courses during the au pair’s stay.

Working hours

An au pair in Italy can work up to 30 hours a week. They should not have more working hours than 5 hours per day.

Holiday time

Au pairs in Italy are entitled to at least 1 full day off a week, and once a month that day should be a Sunday. There are no official regulations around holiday time, but it is recommended that they get 4 weeks for a 12 month stay.

Length of stay

Au pairs in Italy can have a length of stay for 12 months initially. Some au pairs might be eligible after their first year to apply for an extension of another 12 months.

Language course

Au pairs in Italy are required to take at least 20 hours a week of an Italian language course. They should start their program with at least basic knowledge of the language and grow their skills during their stay.

Room and board

As part of the au pair program, au pairs are entitled to free room and board. This means that they get all meals and housing from the host family. They must live in the same house as their host family and should have a private room with a door, window, bed, wardrobe, and desk as well as access to a bathroom. Their food and living quarters are included if they become sick or are on holiday time.


The au pair is mainly responsible for childcare during their working hours which can include some meals, planning activities, and pick up from school. They cannot work during the night.


They can also contribute to light household tasks especially those that relate to the children such as doing the dishes, organizing toys, or doing the children’s laundry. Their responsibilities do not include heavy household work such as scrubbing bathrooms or vacuuming the whole house.

Driver's license

Au pairs can drive with their license from their home country for 12 months but must carry an international designation with them. Au pairs from within the EU can drive for 2 years.


The host family should take out private health and accident insurance for the au pair during their stay.

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