Plan Early

Give yourself a minimum of 4 weeks to plan. The further you plan ahead, the more likely it is that you’ll be able to locate and book the right professionals for your deposition.

Depo Venue

Depositions in Italy can take place at the venue of your choosing, whether that be a hotel room, law firm office, conference room, or videoconferencing facility.

Local Court Reporters

We have local court reporters in Italy, which means little to no travel costs for you.

Visa Requirements

U.S. passport holders may enter Italy for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa.

Hague Evidence Convention

Italy is a member of the Hague Evidence Convention. Find out more about the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil or Commercial Matters.

Useful Links

U.S. State Department
Taking Voluntary Depositions of Willing Witnesses
Blog article
International Deposition Tips: Depos in Italy
U.S. Embassy
Rome
U.S. Consulate General
Florence, Milan, and Naples 

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Video tips

Let our experts walk you through the process of setting up a deposition in Italy.

How to set up a deposition in Italy

Ian Hardy, President of Optima Juris, gives a few tips on how to set-up a U.S. deposition in Italy.

How to swear in a witness abroad

Ian Hardy, President of Optima Juris, discusses essential tips and know-how to correctly administer the oath during an international deposition.

Case Study: Rome

Italy by Air

Challenge
A U.S. attorney needs to take a deposition in Rome, Italy, but his client is busy traveling and only has limited time.
Solution
We flew in a reporter straight to the airport, and provided a nearby conference center for the depo to take place. Result: happy client, happy attorney, perfect success.

Expert info, tips & advice

Sharing our over 17 years of international deposition experience with you.

Infographic: 5 Tips for Swearing In a Witness Abroad

Have a witness you need to depose in a foreign country? Wondering how you can administer the oath correctly? There are a number of possible solutions available for swearing in a witness outside of the U.S. Our quick and easy infographic provides some practical suggestions based on our extensive experience scheduling depositions abroad.

International Deposition Tips: First Step to Setting Up a Depo Outside the U.S.

We are very excited to unveil our first video from our brand new video series, International Deposition Tips. The entire Optima Juris team will be sharing insider tips, advice, guides, and information about international depositions in these quick and easy-to-view videos. First up we have Optima Juris CEO, Ian Hardy, explaining the first step to setting up a deposition outside the U.S.

International Deposition Tips: Depos in Italy

It’s that time again. In this segment of International Deposition Tips with Optima Juris, Ian Hardy, President of Optima Juris, shares the rules and regulations for setting up a U.S. deposition in Italy. If you are planning a deposition in Italy you will want to watch this video for tips on how to get started.

Essential international travel information for Italy

Currency

Italy uses the Euro. For more information on currency conversions visit XE. Before you leave, notify your bank, credit card company, or other financial institutions that you are going overseas. Avoid carrying cash and consider using traveler's checks or major credit cards instead (but make sure they are accepted at your destination before departing on your trip).

Weather

For the latest weather information in cities throughout Italy visit weather.com.

General tipping

There is no obligation to tip in Italy but is appreciated for good service. You’re probably already paying a supplement through the servizio (service charge) on your restaurant bill and/or the coperto (cover charge), sometimes both. If you’d like to tip a hotel porter for bringing up your bags, a helpful concierge or a thorough tour guide, and you can consider leaving a tip by rounding up the bill, just a few Euro.

Holidays & observances

Imagine your reaction if your deposition had to be rescheduled because of a major local holiday when everything was closed. Don’t let that happen to your depo. You can see a complete list of holidays in Italy here: timeanddate.com/holidays/italy/.

Health

Check with your physician to see which shots are required and/or recommended for your trip to Italy. You can check online resources like the U.S. Department of State Italy country page or contact the Italian Embassy or Consulate for current entry requirements. The World Health Organization (WHO) can provide their recommendations for vaccinations and other travel health precautions for your trip abroad.

Major airports

Bergamo, Orio al Serio International Airport, BGY

Milan, Milan–Malpensa Airport , MXP

Milan, Milano Linate Airport, LIN

Naples, Naples International Airport, NAP

Rome, Fiumicino – Leonardo da Vinci International Airport, FCO

Venice, Venice Marco Polo Airport, VCE

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