Italian Government Offices

Italian Government Offices

See: EDUCATION, Education Office, Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles

  • Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles (Consolato Generale d'Italia a Los Angeles)
  • Italian Cultural Institute (Istituto Italiano di Cultura, IIC)
  • Italian Institute for Foreign Trade (I.C.E.)
  • Italian Trade Commission (Camera di Commercio Italiano)
  • Italian State Tourist Board (ENIT)
  • Committee for Italian Residents Abroad (Co.mi.tes)
  • Italian Labor Office (ITAL-UIL)

The Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles serves southern California, Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico. The range of services offered range from visa, residency, passport, and citizenship, to military, fiscal, electoral, and documentation pertaining to these matters. For the full complement of services offered by consular offices: visit

Italian citizens may request assistance with the following:

  • Registrar
  • Marriage
  • Issuance and renewal of passport
  • Travel documents to repatriate
  • Acts concerning last will and testaments
  • Authentication of signatures, legalizations and translations
  • Custom papers in case of repatriation
  • Pensions and Social Security
  • Subsidies for needy persons
  • Loan with promise of restitution (Essentially in case of necessity to return to Italy without sufficient time to obtain swift transfer of personal funds)
  • Assistance in specific emergency situations
  • Information concerning translations, legal matters and medical care
  • Renewal of Italian drivers' license.

Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles
12400 Wilshire Blvd.,
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Tel: 310-820-0622
fax: 310-820-0727

Consul General: Nicola Faganello

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Honorary Vice-Consular Offices exist for Las Vegas, San Diego, Reno, and Phoenix:

Vice Consul: Stefano Ripamonti
3084 Red Arrow Dr.
Las Vegas, NV
Tel.(702) 538.5162
Fax. (702) 804.4195

Vice Consul: Roberto Ruocco, ESQ
7607 Family Circle Dr.
San Diego, CA

Vice Consul: Prof. Franco Manca
c/o University of Nevada Foreign Languages Dept. Italian Studies Program
Mail Stop 100
Reno, NV 89557
Tel: 775-784-6055 ext 313 (office hours)

Vice Consul: Anthony Bonacci, ESQ
1215 E. Missouri Ave.
Phoenix, Arizona 85014
Linea Diretta: (602) 956 - 3334
Fax: (602) 957 - 4053

Related Sites:

Embassy of Italy in the United States(Washington), Giovanni Castellaneta, Ambassador to the U.S.:
Other Italian Consulates in the U.S.:
Italian Foreign Affairs Office (Ministero degli Affari Esteri):
Italian Government (Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri):
The European Union portal:
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Istituto Italiano di Cultura (IIC) - Italian Cultural Institute
The Italian Cultural Institute is the Cultural Office of the Italian Consulate General in Los Angeles. Italian Cultural Institutes (90 institutes on 5 continents) support the work of Italian embassies and consulates, by promoting Italian culture. They both organize cultural events in a wide range of fields, as well as offer language and culture courses, and facilitate all manner of exchange, collaboration, and production of culture and cultural events.

"The IIC of Los Angeles was founded in 1986, and moved to its current location in Westwood Village at the beginning of 1995. For this purpose, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy purchased a small, 1950's Angelino-style building (the former UCLA International Student Center on Hilgard). The IIC's area of jurisdiction includes Southern California, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico. It promotes Italian culture and recent artistic developments in all sectors: from film to theater, music to visual arts, literature to architecture and design, fashion and cuisine."

The IIC of Los Angeles has its own theater: the Sala Rossellini (128 seat capacity), projection room, large screen, a small stage for theater performances and a Fazioli Grand Piano for concerts. Art, photo, architecture and design exhibitions are housed in its gallery, Galleria Spazio Italia. Events are free and open to the public (but advance reservations are required). Annual membership however, confers affed benefits: access to the IIC multimedia library and borrowing privileges, as well as priority in reservations for cultural events held at the IIC, and discounts on tickets to co-sponsored cultural events held at other institutions (theaters, museums, galleries, etc.). The IIC publishes a calendar of events every two months, events are free of charge. One may also subscribe to their e-mail list to receive announcements of upcoming events:

Italian Cultural Institute
1023 Hilgard Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Tel: 310-443-3250
Fax: 310-443-3254

Director: Francesca Valente

Education Office (Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles) This office was opened by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in June 2002 to promote the study of Italian language and culture within the Consulate of Los AngelesÝ jurisdiction (Southern California, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico). At first it included the consular area of San Francisco, that has now, since 2006-07 academic year, its own education office. Other offices are in Washington, D.C., New York, Boston, Chicago, Miami, Detroit, Philadelphia and Houston. The Education Office coordinates and supervises language and culture courses by collaborating with schools interested in the teaching of Italian as part of their curricular activities , and with associations involved in promoting Italian language and culture (see: Fondazione Italia and Fondazione Azzurra The office also establishes agreements with the State/County Departments of Education and with school districts to implement Italian language instruction where there is an Italian American presence.

Education Office
Anna Chiaratti, Director
Italian Consulate General
12400 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Tel: (310) 979-5264 x. 12
Fax: (310) 207-9331

Istituto Nazionale per il Commercio Estero (I.C.E.) - Italian Institute for Foreign Trade ˝ Italian Trade Commission

The Italian government agency entrusted with the promotion of trade, business opportunities and industrial co-operation between Italian and foreign companies. It supports the internationalization of Italian firms and their consolidation in foreign markets. The Italian Institute for Foreign Trade's activities are financed by public and private funds from: the Ministry of International Trade, which establishes directives and has a supervisory role; the companies, which use its services for advice, information and assistance.ţ The network presently has 16 offices in Italy and 115 offices in 84 countries worldwide.

Italian Trade Commission
1801 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 700
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Tel: (323) 879-0950
Fax : (310) 203-8335

Trade Commissioner in Los Angeles: Paola Bellusci

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Italian business worldwide:

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Want to network with Italian businesses here in Los Angeles? ? ýFounded in 1987, the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce West is a private non-profit organization whose mission is to promote and foster all economic and trade relations between Italy and the West Coast of the United States.ţ It organizes conferences, seminars, and meetings; is affiliated with Italian and European business entities; and provides a range of services for its members.

Italian American Chamber of Commerce West (Camera di Commercio italo-americana per la Costa Ovest USA)
10350 Santa Monica Blvd Suite 210
Los Angeles, CA 90025-6923
Tel: (310) 557-3017
Fax: (310) 557-1217

Executive Director: Letizia Miccoli

Italian Government Tourist Boar (Ente Nazionale Italiano di Tourismo: ENIT)

Ente Nazionale Italiano del Turismo (the Italian State Tourism Board), was established in 1919 to promote tourism in Italy abroad, by "adopting initiatives to raise awareness abroad of national and regional tourism resources, and in particular our countryÝs natural, environmental, historical, cultural, and artistic values," and to "lend assistance and offer technical services to Italian tourism enterprises, to enable them to penetrate foreign markets." Assistance is offered to the individual as well as to tourism professionals.

Los Angeles Italian GovÝt Tourist Board
12400 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 550
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Tel. (310) 820-1898
Fax. (310) 820-6357

Director: Pompilio Fabrizi

Tour operators in the USA:

Committee for Italian Residents Abroad(COM.IT.ES.: Comitato Italiani all'Estero) This is the official representative arm (an elected body) of Italian citizens residing abroad, mediating their needs in their interactions with the Italian Consulate. They help identify "the social, cultural and civic needs of the Italian community [Í] and foster[s], for the benefit of the Italian community, the programs and initiatives that are pursuant to the betterment of social, cultural, professional, school-related, and recreational well-being." COM.IT.ES. of Los Angeles represents Italians in: Arizona, California (Imperial Valley, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Santa Barbara, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Louis Obispo, and Ventura counties), New Mexico, and Nevada. Their primary activity of the last decade has been working for the right of Italians abroad to vote in Italian elections. In order to be entered in the Italian resident registry AIRE (Anagrafe degli Italiani Residenti all'Estero), you must contact the Italian Consul's office.

10350 Santa Monica Blvd Suite 210
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Tel: (310) 691-8907
Fax: (310) 557-1217

President: Piero Tarantelli

Of related interest: Dual citizenship?

Have an Italian grandparent? You may be eligible for dual citizenship. Explore the ins and outs of dual citizenship at the Italian consular offices (and with your own country's citizenship regulations).

Italian Citizenship & Genealogy Services (ICGS) bill itself ýthe premier online resource for people of Italian descent looking to obtain dual citizenship jure sanguinis (through ancestry). ICGS offers a comprehensive step-by-step guide to help you realize your dream of becoming an Italian citizen, allowing you to live and work anywhere in the European Union (EU). This site will provide you with the information you need to determine your eligibility for citizenship, to learn about the benefits of an EU passport and to gather all the paperwork for the process.ţ It also offers assistance with geneaological research.

ITAL-UIL(Istituto di Tutela ed Assistenza Lavoratori - Unione Italiana del Lavoro) - Italian Labor Office

9911 W. Pico Blvd., Suite 842
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Tel: (310) 284-2625
Fax: (310) 284-2626

Italian Labor Office provides assistance in a variety of areas from: workers rights, disability, compensation, health coverage, civil (rather than military) service, adoption, etc.