The biodata are on page 2 of the passport, and include the following: The information page ends with the Machine Readable Zone.The data page is printed in Italian, English and French.
Italian passports share the common design of EU Passports: they are burgundy-coloured, with the Emblem of Italy emblazoned in the center of the front cover.
The word "Passaporto", meaning passport, is inscribed below the coat of arms and "Unione Europea" (English: European Union), "Repubblica Italiana" (English: Italian Republic) above.
The biometry symbol appears right below "Passaporto" in the centre.
The current version of the passport contains 48 pages.
In 2014, Italian citizens had visa-free or visa on arrival access to 172 countries and territories, ranking the Italian passport 3rd in the world according to the Visa Restricitions Index.
The Italian passport is issued by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, through However, Italian citizens can also apply through Carabinieri (Stazioni dei Carabinieri) and Police (Commissariati) offices.
Since the introduction of biometric passports in 2006, applicants should appear in person at the Police offices to have fingerprints collected; children under 12 are exempt, but should appear in person nonetheless. The requirement to purchase revenue stamps annually was eliminated on 24 June 2014 A) Includes Crown Dependencies, British Overseas Territories, and former British plantations, crown colonies, colonies, protectorates, protected states, mandates, trust territories and other British possessions.
Italian passports are issued to Italian citizens for the purpose of international travel.
Biometric passports have been available since 26 October 2006, are valid for 10, 5 or 3 years (depending on the applicant's age).