Welcome to Italy, the country that has made eating and cooking an art form. Some of the biggest prestige brands in the world were born here - Prada and Ferrari to name just two. There’s a huge sense of national pride and a strong ‘Made in Italy’ brand, exported globally, the supply chain for which includes fine merino wool and quality hides and skins from New Zealand.
To find out more about this unique European market, download our Italy market guide on this page.
Here's a snapshot - you can find more detailed data in our guide.
|Export market ranking||NZ's 25th largest export market (20161)|
|Free trade agreements||None|
|Ease of Doing Business ranking2||50 of 190|
|Corruption Perceptions Index ranking3||60 of 176|
Getting to ItalyGetting there depends on which city you’re visiting, but you can fly from Auckland to Rome on Emirates, Qatar Airways and Cathay Pacific with just one stop. It will take you around 27 hours.
When to visit
Italy is a great place to visit year-round, although it’s sensible to avoid August as this is when most Italians go on holiday, so productivity may be low. It’s also a good idea to familiarise yourself with Italy’s national holidays, as some businesses may close during these times.
Before you go, check Safe Travel for travel advisories on Italy.
A great deal of business in Italy is conducted over lunch. However, you may be surprised by the formality of business relationships that are in their infancy. Casual ‘shorts and a t-shirt’ lunches are not the done thing here. An effort is generally made and first name terms are reserved for relationships that are well-established.
You’ll find plenty more cultural information in our guide on this page.
Working in-marketGetting the most out of your visit means hitting the ground running. Co-working is an excellent option if you’re staying put for more than a few days. Facilities vary, but typically you can expect a desk, and access to wifi, printer / scanner, tea / coffee and a lounge area. Some facilities may offer extended perks such as parking and on-site cafes. If you’re visiting the market solo, it also means the chance to work in the company of other like-minded business people and freelancers. Co-working spaces can be searched by city on Nomad List.
Connect with NZTE in Italy
If you’re an NZTE customer and preparing to visit Italy, please get in touch with your Customer Manager to discuss your plans and possible areas of assistance. If you don’t have a Customer Manager, contact our Advisor Team for more information.
New Zealand's relationship with Italy
If you're looking for more information about our trade and diplomatic relationship with Italy, take a look at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade website. Their Italy page is packed with information, including a list of embassies and details of recent official visits.