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Hosting an au pair in Italy

Are you living in Italy and looking to host an au pair? Then you’ve come to the right place.
Find out about the requirements for becoming an au pair host family in Italy.

Criteria for hosting an Au Pair in Italy

Do you have a room available and would like to host an Au Pair?

How do you qualify?

Find out about the conditions for welcoming an Au Pair into your Family

More details below 👇.

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Hosting an au pair in Italy

👇 For more information on the eligibility requirements for France:

General conditions

You must be able to cover the expenses involved in hosting an Au Pair: full board 🍝 (three meals a day), accommodation, pocket money, health insurance* 🩺, etc.

💸 In Italy, host families give their Au Pairs around €70 per week. We recommend that our families give €80. This is because the Au Pair Programme is a cultural and linguistic exchange that allows the Au Pair to learn a language through classes and visit the country through activities. This programme requires you to have an open mind 🧠.

You and the Au Pair cannot be of the same nationality 🇮🇹. In addition, you must undertake to welcome the au pair and integrate them as a member of the family, as well as helping them to familiarise themselves with their new environment. This will ensure that everyone has a good stay 👍.

*If necessary, to avoid additional costs, we advise you to take out private insurance regardless of the au pair’s nationality. The family must pay the insurance costs.

The room provided for the au pair must be suitable and at least 8 m² in size. It must also be furnished with the bare minimum (a bed 🛏️, a wardrobe, a table and a chair) or more if possible. There should be a window to let in daylight and a door with a lock to give the Au Pair some privacy. You should also give the Au Pair access to a bathroom 🛀. The room can be in your home, or close to where you live.

⚠️ No family member is allowed to share the Au Pair’s room. The Au Pair must be informed that his/her place of residence will be different from that of the family.

🦋 Advice: We recommend providing a room that is part of the same place as the family’s, as this allows for better integration and creates good relations between you from the start 👍


Drawing up an agreement 🤝 with the au pair and signing the contract before their arrival is compulsory (it is also a requirement for obtaining the visa). The contract defines the duration of the au pair’s stay and the conditions under which he or she will be welcomed (the amount of pocket money, working hours, rest days, house rules, etc.).

We can help you with all the administrative formalities, depending on the package you choose: ➡️.

Work and free time

Au pairs are not allowed to work more than 30 hours a week. They are entitled to one full day off a week, preferably a fixed day, and one full weekend a month. Remember to give your au pair some free time so that she/he can visit the country, do activities, take language classes, etc. They will be responsible for all expenses.

As far as holidays, paid leave and Italian public holidays are concerned, it is up to you to make arrangements beforehand to agree on the number of days off. This information will be included in the contract.

⚠️ Overtime must be agreed in advance and must be compensated by free time or pocket money.

On your dashboard 🖥️, you can select the tasks you would like the au pair to carry out. ☑️ Tick only those tasks which you wish the au pair to carry out.

⚠️ An au pair takes part in light household tasks (emptying the dustbin, filling the dishwasher), but cannot be considered as a household employee.

If, as part of his/her work, the au pair has to use a car 🚗 you will provide him/her with a vehicle on which he/she will be insured.

🦋 Advice: We recommend that you discuss the future timetable with your au pair beforehand, so that it can be included in the contract. We know that our families take driving lessons for their au pairs to get them used to driving abroad, which also helps to reassure the families.

⚠️ For a stay of more than 3 months, the family will have to register their au pair with the Registrar’s Office (Anagraphe) and have a social security number. The family will have to pay a flat-rate registration fee. Please contact your local health unit (ASL) for more information.

We are providing you with the European Agreement on Au Pair Placement and its Protocol so that you have as much information as possible on the Au Pair Programme. 

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Testimonials 👇

Read what our host families and Au Pairs have to say.

Frederic M
December 15, 2021
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Relevance of matches. We've used Butrfly now for 3 years in a row to find our au pairs, from South Africa, Germany and the USA. Each time, the team was able to find us the rare pearl by listening to our expectations. What a time saver compared to other services! Thank you!!!
February 8, 2022
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Great experience. Butrfly helped us recruit our 1st au pair. We were in an emergency situation and were delighted with the service and support. The profiles selected are really great. I highly recommend Butrfly.
March 3, 2022
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Butrfly was able to understand our expectations and the way our family functioned, so as to offer us the best profile. And the support doesn't stop there, as the team is always available. The principle of videoconferencing between families to discuss our questions is also a real plus!
Laura Dimaiuta
February 3, 2022
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Butrfly saved us! After going through Aupair World and finding the wrong person, Butrfly found us a gem! Highly recommended!
Barbizet Charlotte
March 21, 2022
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Very good experience with Butrfly. We found an Au Pair for next year, and we were very pleasantly assisted in our search.
Florence Rive
March 18, 2023
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We are very happy with our experience. Our au pair is very pleasant, participates in family life and gets on very well with our children. Butterfly manages the introductions efficiently and then follows up on the file.

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