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Looking for an au pair job in Italy?

Datum: 13/04/2022
Over de Auteur: Manou is naast onze queen of blogs, zelf ook erg actief op insta (@manouzwolle) en is ook het brein achter de Nanny Nina socials (@nannynina_nl). Je kan haar omschrijven als een creatieve, dromerige kluns en een hele goede vriend voor haar vrienden en haar kat Molly.

Eat a fresh pasta after a walk along Naviglio Grande, enjoy the beautiful landscape and the viewpoints during a bike ride or visit one of the many cathedrals. Are you excited about this program? Then an au pair job in Italy is really something for you! In this blog we have listed the most important steps to get started as an au pair in Italy. From the most important insurance policies to the nicest neighborhoods. Read on quick!

What is an au pair?

An au pair is someone between 17-30 years old who joints a cultural exchange. During this exchange, the au pair lives with a host family and takes care of the children. He or she also learns more about the Italian culture and language. In addition, the au pair helps with the household.

What does an au pair in Italy earn?

The au pair lives with the host family and doesn’t’ get salary but gets pocket money instead. There is no official salary for au pairs in Italy, but Nanny Nina recommends to pay the au pairs between €250-€300 pocket money per month. 

Law and regulations for au pairs in Italy

There are different requirements for EU au pairs and au pairs who are not from the EU. For EFTA au pairs and EU au pairs the following measurements apply:

  • The au pair is single and doesn’t have children 
  • The au pair is not Italian
  • The au pair has basic knowledge of Italian and is obligated to follow an Italian language course 
  • The au pair financial responsibility to support yourself 

Au pairs who are staying longer than 90 days and who are not form the EU need to apply for a visa. 

Read more about visas for non-EU au pairs. 

Au pair contract

The au pair contract is an important contract with the rules and decisions made between the au pair and host family. Both parties need to sign the contract before the au pair can travel to Italy.


The main focus of the au pair is taking care of the children. He or she alos helps with the household and makes sure the house is not a complete mess after playing with the kids. 

Board and lodging 

The au pair lives with the host family and gets free board and lodging. 


The au pair usually works around 30 hours a week, divided over 6 days. This includes babysitting. The au pair can work no longer than 5 hours a day. 

Free time

The au pair needs at least 1 day off a week and this day has to be on a Sunday at least once a month. We recommend the host family to give the au pair 2 weeks of vacation every 6 months. 

Language course 

The au pair is obligated to follow an Italian language course and pay for this herself. The host family can help with finding the right course. Au pairs with a Student Visa need to check if whether the institution offering the course is on the list of accredited schools. In addition, the language course must be at least 20 hours per week.

Drivers license 

Most host families prefer an au pair with a drivers license. Make sure you are comfortable enough to drive with kids and discuss insurance and liability issues with your host family. 


It’s important that au pairs bring the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with them, or request it before departure if they do not already have it. Au pairs should note that after receiving medical treatment they will be required to pay a co-payment, known as the “ticket“.

Non-EU citizens or those unable to enroll in the Italian national health insurance must take out private health insurance before departure. The cost of state or private health insurance is the responsibility of the host family.

More information about health insurance can be found here.

Looking for a job as an au pair in Italy

What is the process of becoming an au pair in Italy?

  1. Register as an au pair on the Nanny Nina site. Our Au Pair Team will contact you and start the process. 
  2. After the match with your host family, you sign the au pair contract containing all important agreements between you and the host family. 
  3. EHIC applications: as an EU citizen, you can apply for the European health insurance card in your own country.
  4. Prepare for your trip: make sure you have a valid passport with the necessary travel documents. In addition, it is important to find out what the COVID-19 testing requirements are before you travel.
  5. Host family declaration of receipt (dichiarazione di ospitalità): within the first 48 hours of the au pair’s arrival in Italy, the host family must submit a “guest declaration” to the police station. This states that the au pair will live with the family for the duration of the au pair’s stay.
  6. EU citizens staying in Italy for more than 3 months should check their options to access healthcare in Italy. And whether it is possible to register with the Italian National Health System (SSN). To register with SSN, au pairs must have registered with the local Italian town hall (anagrafe) and also have a tax identification number (codice fiscal). In addition, the host family must pay the standard registration fee on behalf of the au pair. For more information, the host family should contact their local health authority (ASL).


The requirements for a visa for Italy depend on your nationality as an au pair. For stays longer than 3 months, a student visa is the right choice for citizens from outside the European Union.

If the au pair’s stay is longer than 90 days, all citizens from outside the European Union need a visa. The au pairs must apply for the visa at the Italian embassy or consulate in their home country. Before submitting the application, the au pair must register for a full-time Italian language course (minimum 20 hours per week).

Read more about visa application here.  

Au pair job in Italy

How much does it cost to become an au pair in Italy?

As an au pair, you must have enough financial resources at your disposal to pay your travel costs and any unexpected costs on arrival without the help of third parties. In addition, EU citizens are obliged to take a Italian language course and pay for it themselves.

What do you need to become an au pair in Italy?

Depending on your nationality, you may or may not need a visa. In addition, all au pairs must be in possession of a valid passport and have sufficient financial resources at their disposal.

10 reasons why you are looking for an au pair job in Italy: 

1. Located in the center of Milan in the self-proclaimed Piazza del Duomo, the cathedral was built in 1386. Definitely worth a visit! 

2. Italian pasta… to die for. 

3. Feel like shopping? Visit Grand Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the hall looks like the entrance to an opera or palace rather than a shopping mall if you ask us.

4. It goes without saying that a museum named after Leonardo da Vinci is worth a visit. Admire the most impressive exhibitions here. 

5. Don’t feel like walking? Discover Milan in a 3-hour bike tour. This way you enjoy a metropolis and you are sporty.

6. Parco Sempione is the perfect place to unwind. The highlight is Torre Branca, a huge watchtower with a panoramic view of the city.

7. This artistic quarter is located north of the Duomo, between Borgonuovo and Broletto. There is a cozy atmosphere here and you will find several galleries, restaurants and bars.

8. Take a walk along Naviglio Grande. This canal extends from the Porta Ticinese to the River Ticino, some 50 km to the west.

9. Since its foundation by Maria Theresa in the 18th century, the Teatro alla Scala has remained one of the most beautiful opera theaters in Europe. A night out in this grand auditorium is an experience you will never forget.

10. In the Isola district you will find colorful street art and murals. Get a coffee and enjoy the view!

In which other countries are we looking for au pairs? 

You can work as an au pair with Nanny Nina in Great Britain, Germany, Italy, France or Switzerland.

Where can you register?

Register as an au pair on the Nanny Nina site.  

Becoming an au pair in Italy

As mentioned, as an au pair you go on a cultural exchange to Italy. Here you help with the education of the children and you learn more about the Italian culture and language. Before you leave, you and the host family must write down all agreements made in the au pair contract. So you can always fall back on this later.

It is also important that you find out whether you need to apply for a visa and which measures apply to you. Costs can be added to this, so it is also important that you can handle your finances responsibly and that you can pay the travel costs, language course and any unforeseen costs.

Are you ready for your adventure in Italy?

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