0. Have your already chosen your .it?
Some good advice on how to choose your domain name
1. Find out your .it
Check on the .it domain name Register if the name you have chosen is available.
Find out your .it
2. Choose a Registrar
The Registry is the register of .it domain names; however, it does not register directly new addresses on behalf of users. This service is offered by specific companies known as Registrars.
See Registrars list
3. Manage your .it
Once you have registered a domain name, you may need to change the Registrant or Registrar, or to update some data. To find out what to do:
Go to the "Manage your .it section"
Who can register a .it domain
An unlimited numbers of .it domain names can be registered by anyone who is an adult and has citizenship, residence or commercial headquarters in the countries of the European Economic Area (EEA), in the State of the Vatican, in the Republic of San Marino and the Swiss Confederation.
How to compose a .it domain name
- a .it domain name can consist only of letters from "a" to "z", digits 0 to 9 and the symbol "-" (hyphen) and all the NON ASCII charcters belonging to the charset indicated in the "Technical Guidelines".
- It should not begin and end with the symbol "-" (dash) or start with the character sequence "xn".
- A .it domain name can be composed of a minimum of 3 characters and a maximum of 63.
Registration opportunities for special domains:
A "predefined structure" has been created for the domains corresponding to Italian geographical locations, made up of the names corresponding to:
- Italian provinces (e.g. pisa.it);
- Italian municipalities under the province to which they belong (e.g. viareggio.lucca.it).
- Italian regions (e.g. toscana.it).
The “predefined geographical structure” gives us the possibility to register names that also provide a geographical indication such as: ham.parma.it, namesurname.viareggio.lu.it
Geographical names (which do not correspond to names that can only be assigned to local authorities) can be registered by contacting a Registrar.
Not all domain names can be freely registered. Some .it domains are reserved and not assignable:
- names corresponding to regions, provinces and italian municipalities (eg: toscana.it, pisa.it, viareggio.lucca.it, etc).
- names corresponding to services or network resources (eg www.it, internet.it, mail.it, etc.), such domain names can not be assigned even under the "predefined geographical structure".
- Domain names corresponding to "unsponsored" ICANN gTLDs (e.g. com, .net, .info, .name) can only be assigned as second-level domains (e.g. gov.it) for entities that are recognized by the Italian Registry as "competent organs of the state".
Domain names that do not match the official name of a local government body may be registered freely (s.name.toscana.it, ditta.pisa.it).
Domains that identify Italy as a nation can only be assigned to Italian government agencies.
Domain reserved for local authorities
The names that correspond to the official name of Italian regions, provinces and municipalities are reserved but can only be assigned to local government bodies (es.regione.toscana.it, regionetoscana.it, provincia.pisa.it, provinciadipisa.it, comune.pisa. it, comune-pisa.it comune.viareggio.lucca.it, comune-di-viareggio.it, etc.)
To register this type of domain names send a paper application completing the following form:
Application for reserved domain names .pdf
The form cannot be changed and must be fully completed and signed by the Registrant before being sent to the Registry:
by fax: +39 050-542420
by mail or courier to:
Istituto di Informatica e Telematica del CNR
Via Giuseppe Moruzzi, 1
I-56124 Pisa (Italy)