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The Ultimate Guide to Italy's (Rome & Naples) Drone Laws & Rules 2020

Updated: Mar 4

🖐 In this blog post we’ll share all law links and known rules about recreational and commercial drone uses in Italy (Rome & Naples). Give a 👍 at the end of this post if you enjoyed it & feel free to ask any questions or share your experience in our Italy Drone Discussion Group. Keep in mind that the content below is updated to the best of our ability & does not replace official sources & your own research.


💡 This article is also available in French


Recreational vs Commercial drone use in Italy


Italy differentiates commercial & recreational drone uses. Both are subject to restrictions & a code of conduct. Additionally, depending on your drone's weight, different rules may apply.


✅ Drone regulation is under the responsibility of the Italian Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC) & can be reached via email at comunicazione@enac.rupa.it or over phone (+39) 06 445 961


✅ Italy distinguishes drones into 5 categories based on their weight

  • below 300 g (with safeguards & a max speed of 60 km/h).

  • between 300 g & 2 kg

  • between 2 & 25 kg

  • between 25 & 150 kg

  • 🚨 drones over 150 kg are considered as manned aircraft


🚨 For drones over 2 kg, Italy differentiates your flight as critical vs non critical depending on where you fly. If your drone weights between 300 g & 2 kg, your drone is mostly considered as non critical operations should the model be approved by the ENAC (models need to be submitted by manufacturers so check ahead with your provider).


Can I travel with my drone to Italy?


✅ Currently, there doesn't seem to be any restrictions on bringing drones within Italy as long as your import is considered as legitimate (generally one drone per person).



🚨 Be aware of the airline you purchase to travel as some main ones will only accept your drone on-board if its batteries are detached & placed in a firecase during travel time. Most airlines will have a battery voltage limit based on the recommendation of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). You can find more info about a specific airline here.


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Where can I fly my drone in Italy


✅ Italy built a detailed interactive drone flight map (D-Flight) designed primarily for recreational use. This map is organised in a 4 colour scheme to help drone owners to fly responsibly & safely within the country:


Italy drone fly map

✅ Additionally, you can find temporary flight zone restrictions via the NOTAM INFO Map

🚨 Avoid flying your drone in urban areas at all costs, especially Vatican & Venice's islands. It might sound attractive to do such but several tourists have seen their drones confiscated and face further charges. This seems especially true near the major tourist attractions such as the Colosseum.


🌊 Also, it is forbidden to fly over beaches, if there are other people there (usually between the 15/06 & 15/09 of a given year). & you should not fly over nature reserve or national parks, as may hurt local wildlife 🦅


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Recreational drone use in Italy


If your drone weights less than 300 g & is equipped with safeguards and can't reach 60 km/h, your are free from any regulation aside from where not to fly. For all other type of recreational flights in Italy, you will need:


  • your drone & its remote need to have an identification system to link and show ownership details. It also needs an electronic identification device, showing in real time data your flight parameters & recording them.

  • fly at a maximum altitude of 70 m above the ground & sea & a maximum of 200 m away from you or the pilot (if not you).

  • fly a drone that weights less than 25 kg

  • away from buildings of all kinds without approval, people (50 m) or crowds (150 m, including concerts or sports events) & respect individuals' privacy.

  • at least 5 km away from airports & give way to all other type of aircraft.

  • only during permitting weather, during day time & within your sight at all times (the use of 3D helmets is prohibited unless a co-pilot is watching your drone whilst).

  • lights are not compulsory but highly recommended as ENAC reserves the right to require them if judged necessary "In other words, the reserve the right to fine you"

  • your frequency for FPV should be on 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz with a max of 100mW


✅ In case of an accident or serious incident you need to inform the Agenzia Nazionale Sicurezza Volo within 60 mins



Commercial drone use in Italy


You will need to register your drone for any commercial use prior taking of in Italy & hold a license recognized by local authorities before taking off. Most of the recreational use conditions apply, plus a few more eligibility criteria, you must:

  • your drone & its remote need to have an identification system to link and show ownership details. It also needs an electronic identification device, showing in real time data your flight parameters & recording them.

  • fly at a maximum altitude of 150 m above the ground & sea & a maximum of 500 m away from you or the pilot (if not you).

  • away from buildings of all kinds without approval, people (50 m) or crowds (150 m, including concerts or sports events) & respect individuals' privacy.

  • at least 5 km away from airports & give way to all other type of aircraft.

  • only during permitting weather, during day time & within your sight at all times (the use of 3D helmets is prohibited unless a co-pilot is watching your drone whilst).

  • lights are not compulsory but highly recommended as ENAC reserves the right to require them if judged necessary "In other words, the reserve the right to fine you"

  • you will need a license to fly

  • drones weighting more than 25 kg need to be registered (registration is valid for 3 years, unless you modify the manufacturer's product).

  • your frequency for FPV should be on 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz with a max of 100mW


✅ You might be eligible for a low-risk operations which will require you to send a statement of compliance with specific requirements to ENAC (it will cost you 94€).


✅ You can apply for a permission to fly over events or closer to airports via this online form (only available in Italian). Once completed, it can be sent to protocollo@pec.enac.gov.it or mail: Airport Regulation Department & Air Space - Viale Castro Pretorio, 118 - 00185 Rome


✅ In case of an accident or serious incident you need to inform the Agenzia Nazionale Sicurezza Volo within 60 mins


How to obtain my drone license in Italy?


✅ First you will only be eligible if you are at least 18 years old & have a medical certificate provided by an aero medical examiner (AME).


From there, you will need to:

  • Learn the Italian aero rules by successfully attending a training course with an approved Training Centre. (if you already hold an Italian pilot's license, credit is given)

  • Undertake a training program in class for the type of drone you want to pilot.

  • Pass an practical examination with an examiner of an approved Training Centre.


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What do I risk for flying illegally in Italy ?


🚨 The amount & scope of the fine will depend on the nature & severity of your infraction. The judges will also evaluate if you intentionally committed the infraction &/or if you had any commercial purpose during your flight.


Once you got everything in order, you can start flying above Italy's awesome landscapes & create videos like this one:


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✅ Please leave a comment or update when you receive news and/or gain experience with your drone in Italy! Have fun & safe flight! #italy #italian #regulation #law #laws #legislation


💡 You're a local, have a question or want to share a travel experience? Head to our Italy Drone Discussion Group


Disclaimer: Although great care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information researched, we take no responsibility for any loss, harm or damage caused as a direct or indirect consequence of relying on this information. It is your responsibility to seek advice from qualified local & relevant authorities for needed information about local drone regulations.


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Source

Regulation Drone use in Italy - ENAC (rev 4)


Other resources

Online Application for flight rules derogation (in Italian)

Drone fly map Italy

Drone fly map Temporary Restrictions Italy

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