Italy’s public health system is called Servizio Sanitario Nazionale (SSN), distributed through the territory in Aziende Unità Sanitarie Locali (AUSL). In order to receive the cures that you might need you have to bring your European Health Insurance (EHIC).
Those who are registered to SSN have the same rights and duties of Italian citizens including the co-payment of fees for the services provided (ticket). The contribution varies according to the financial situation of the applicant. In some cases (e.g. students) applicants pay a flat fee.
You have to go to a Post Office, ask for a blank payment slip (bollettino) and fill in paying attention to the following points:
pay the annual lump sum fee of € 149,77 for each year of registration with the SSN at the Post Office and keep the payment receipts.
After the payment send an email to iscrizioni.volontarie(AT)asf.toscana.it and attach the following documents:
Then you can select a doctor for the assistance.
For more information please refer to the local health offices in your area of residency and visit www.asf.toscana.it (in Italian only) or
Ufficio Stranieri - ASL 10 in Via Gramsci, 561, Sesto Fiorentino, ph: +39 6930111,
e-mail: ufficio.stranieri(AT)asf.toscana.it (Monday to Friday from 9 am - 2 pm)
The main hospital is AOU Careggi, situated in Largo Brambilla, 3 - Firenze
There is a desk dedicated to foreign citizens:
Pavilion 2 NIC (Main Entrance)
ph: +39 055 794 9888 / 055 794 7057
Monday to Saturday 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
The tax ID number or code (Codice Fiscale often abbreviated C.F.) is a fiscal identification code, comprised of letters and numbers taken from your personal details, that identifies citizens when dealing with Italian public Authorities and other Administrations. It is required in Italy for all sorts of procedures (e.g. applying for a resident permit, opening a bank account, applying for the National Health Service card, renting a flat, buying a mobile phone SIM card, etc.).
Option 1: you can request it online ahead of time (recommended) if you are a EU citizen . Please follow the instructions you can download here
PLEASE NOTE: print the form and sign it by hand then make a high quality scan (NOT a wonky, badly-lit photo with your phone!) and send it back to the Agency. We suggest you use the Adobe Scan free app on your phone or tablet or any other scanning app of your choice to do this at your convenience and no cost.
Option 2: (the only one available to non-EU citizens) The request may be submitted personally to any local tax office branch of the Italian Revenue Agency (Agenzia delle Entrate)
Direzione Provinciale di FIRENZE
Via Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, 23
50129 - FIRENZE
Hours: Mon-Fri. 8.30-12.45 | Tue-Wed-Thu. 14.15-16.00
The tax code is issued immediately and free of charge. It is necessary to complete the AA4/8 form
EU/EEA citizens must bring a valid passport or another form of ID; non EU/EEA citizens must bring the passport with a valid visa (if requested) and a copy of it (clearly showing personal data and visa) and/or the residence permit.
Alternatively, it is possible to apply for the tax code to the Italian consular authorities in the country of residence.
For further information, please visit the Agenzia delle Entrate website.
If you are a non-EU citizen and wish to study in Italy for more than 90 days, you will need a Visa to enter Italy.
If you stay for less than 90 days, find out from the Embassy (or Consulate) if you require a Visa. You must apply for the Visa from the Italian Embassy in your country of residence, providing the letter of acceptance from the University of Florence. Important: you must apply for a Visa for study purposes.
You must apply well in advance for the Visa, as the visa issuing procedure can take several months.
Important: when you apply for the Visa, have your medical insurance stamped by the Embassy, otherwise you will not be able to use it to apply for the Residence Permit.
If your exchange lasts for more than 90 days, when you arrive in Italy you must apply for a Residence Permit. This is a compulsory procedure for all non-EU citizens wishing to stay in Italy for more than 90 days.
If you wish to practice some sports, the University of Florence has an affiliated Sprots Centre called CUS (Centro Universitario Sportivo) that allows students to attend a wide variety of courses. Please referto their website for registration info.
Our institution offers even other activities, such as being part of the University Choir or the University Orchestra, or alternatively the University’s Acting Company (Binario di Scambio).
For further information regarding these activities, you can check the corresponding webpage at the following link: http://www.unifi.it/cmpro-l-s-40.html