Membership at The Local Italy

Membership is more than just the news. It’s also:

  • Essential how-to guides and tips to help you understand Italian life
  • Unrestricted access to all editions of The Local across Europe
  • Articles uninterrupted by banner advertising
  • A community of more than 40,000 other international residents and travel lovers

Become a member

La dolce vita…

Life in Italy offers so much – from one of the world’s most beautiful languages, to a globally-renowned cuisine and breathtaking scenery. But to someone not originally from Italy, there can be obstacles to enjoying all the country has to offer.

Which is where we come in.

Whether you’re an international resident in Italy, trying to understand the culture and customs of your new home so that you can feel more at home, or an admirer of Italy from afar, looking to improve your language skills for the next time you visit, we are here to help.

With a membership to The Local Italy, you will receive unlimited access to all of the coverage we produce – from the latest breaking news stories, to the cultural explainers and language guides that will help you to navigate Italy like a local.

You will also be part of a community of other Italy enthusiasts, a wealth of advice and experiences that can help you on your journey, and whose questions and concerns inform the stories that we write about.

The Local exists to make Italy available to all – from those who live in the country but are still getting to know the culture, to those whose passion for Italian culture is their main hobby.

Who are we?

We are a team of international residents ourselves, who started in 2004 with an email newsletter and a desire to translate the news into a language we could understand. We know the ups and downs of international life and have funneled all of these lessons and experiences into countless how-to guides and explainer articles, all designed to make your life easier.

We are award-winning journalists, who don’t settle for just making the news accessible to English-speaking internationals. Having a team of journalists spread over nine European countries, there are a lot of viewpoints to draw from, and we think this makes for articles with a perspective unique from anything else you’ll find..

What our members mean to us

We connect with our members constantly – whether via social media, newsletters or surveys – and base our coverage on readers’ questions and concerns.

Our role is to serve our readers and give you a voice by listening to your stories and covering the issues you raise.

What our members have to say

“I am happy to continue my membership for 2021. I have found The Local to be incredibly valuable during my first year living in Italy. Your Covid coverage, including government decrees and rules updates was worth the cost of membership many times over.” – Jeff, Tuscany
“Thank you for all of your hard work during this year. You have felt like our friend, ally and lifeline. After a year like this please be assured you have my loyalties for many renewals to come. Now I could not imagine navigating this wonderfully exasperating country without you.” – Catherine, Turin
“I am a relatively new member of The Local and have loved every minute of it. It has been invaluable in terms of being connected to events and updates from Italy. And every email seems to answer the questions I haven’t asked anyone out loud. I am extremely grateful.” – Stefanie, USA

Here’s a sneak peek at the content our members have access to:


A life abroad, informed and at ease

Become a member of today for unlimited access to news, cultural features, language guides and community across all 9 country-sites. Choose between a monthly or annual subscription and start reading.

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