Drone Laws in Italy (updated for this year 2020)

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height flight limit

70m above ground

can't fly over crowds of people

Don't fly over crowds

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5km from airports

FPV only with observer

All Drone Laws in Italy in 2020 (Ultimate Guide)

Are you ecstatic about flying drones in Italy? Will it be Florence, Milan, Rome or Naples? Your choice. Flying a drone in Italy is regulated by strict regulations that rely on weight among other factors. The laws expressly distinguish a recreational hobbyist from a professionally Certified Drone Pilot.

Can I fly my drone in Italy?

Yes, you can. Just abide by ENAC Laws and you are good to go. You can find the English version here: If you are a drone pilot from another EU country, all you require is to convert your pilot license and go about your operations. 

 

Who do I contact?

Drone regulations are guided by the ENAC, the Italian Civil Aviation Authority who are solely in charge of the industry.

 

Email: comunicazione@enac.rupa 

Tel: +3906445 961

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How are drones classified in Italy?

Italy has put some restrictions on the following drone categories:

  • Below 300 g should not exceed a max speed of 60 Km/h
  • 300 g and 2 Kg
  • 2 Kg and 25 Kg
  • Drones over 150 Kg fall under a manned aircraft category

Recreational drone use in Italy

Any drone weighing less than 300 g needs adequate safeguards to prevent it from exceeding 60 Km/hr. For other forms of recreational flights within Italy, you must:

  • The drone and remote need an identification system clearly providing ownership details
  • Exceed an altitude of 70 m above ground
  • Fly drones weighing less than 70 m above ground/sea
  • Keep off people, buildings, sporting events, and generally private property.
  • At the very least maintain 5 Km away from airports.
  • The use of FPV is prohibited unless there is another pilot observing from the sidelines.
  • Maintain a frequency of 2.4 GHz & 5.8 GHz & max speed 100MW.
  • In the event of an accident or serious incident inform the Agenzia Nazionale Sicurezza Volo.

Commercial use

A license is important when operating your drone while in Italy. Part of the regs and eligibility criteria is:

  • Maintain a max height of 150 m
  • Keep a 50 m distance away from crowds of people, 150 m from major events
  • 5 Km radius from airports
  • Mandatory license requirement
  • Drones heavier than 25 Kg mandatory registration
  • FPV frequency should be 2.4 GHz to 5.8 GHz, at 100 mW.
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Some more frequently asked questions

Can I travel with a drone in Italy?

So far, there is no law prohibiting travel with drones to Italy provided it is under your ownership.

What happens if my drone isn’t licensed?

If you are required to by law, failing to do so can land you into problems.

What is the penalty for breaking the drone rules?

The severity of the charges labeled against you is determined by the legal system after which there will be a penalty. To remain on the safe side, do not contravene any laws required of you.

Can I travel with my drone to Italy by Airplane?

Yes. Provided you adhere to all laws and regulations set out by the airline and Italian Aviation Authority as pertaining to foreigners.

What are the restricted areas for flying drones in Italy?

Italy has special zones where flying drones are prohibited. You can check the flight interactive D-Flight map. This guide is mainly for recreational pilots and hobbyists. The map is marked by four colors. 

As a general rule, try as much as you can not fly your drone into urban centers. Keep off Venice or the Vatican. The potential for world-class footage is unlimited, however, take care near tourist attractions as the drones might be confiscated and charges pursued. 

 

In my opinion, I would advise any drone pilot to stay off the main cities that are densely populated with people. You can get stunning shots while out in the countryside. 

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What are my top drones to fly safely in Italy?

My following two recommendations are 2 great compact drones that are quite silent and also small enough to travel with and not stand out as annoying.

1.Dji Mavic Mini - The best international travel drone (under 250g)

 2.7k

30min battery

4km

No follow me

DJI has surprised us with this incredible camera drone under 250g, which is half of the weight required for registering in the first place.

 

I have covered it much more in depth in my article review and even compared it with the DJI Spark and Mavic Air.

Advantages

  • 30 min battery life
  • under 250g
  • super portable
  • 4km range
  • can edit videos in the app

DISAdvantages

  • no obstacle avoidance
  • no settings for iso and shutter speed

2.Dji Mavic Air 2 - My favorite drone overall

4k 60fps

34min battery

9km

Follow + obstacle avoidance

mavic air 2 package fly more combo
If you want more control over things like shutter speed, iso and such, the best professional drone that still falls under the 500g category is the DJI Mavic Air.
 
It's made mostly for people who want to play around with settings and enter into the pro category.
 

 

DJI lowered it's price since it was first released.

Advantages

  • 3 way sensors
  • 68kph (fastest among the 3)
  • follow me mode(quite a few options)
  • 8gb internal storage
  • ISo & shutter speed settings
  • 6 photo modes
  • takes RAW photos
  • 100mbps bitrate

DISAdvantages

  • battery life ins't that amazing
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Restricted Areas and Geofencing (drone FLying map)

The best way to figure out what areas you can fly in, while you're here is by consulting DJI offilicial map.
They do a great job mapping the places that one should avoid while flying in every country:

  • airports
  • military bases
  • prisons
  • power plants
  • any high risk areas
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Make money with your drone

  • Only if you're serious
  • No experience required
  • I make up to 200$/h after it
  • Yes, it's a course
  • Yes, It's the best I know
  • Everything from A to Z
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How do you make money with your drone, though?

Okay, so you got your new and fancy drone, but how do you stand out from any dad out there who has the same drone and watched some tutorials online?

I did exactly that and barely had any success. 

But now I’m charging 5x as much as before and even have to refuse clients from time to time.

I even bought about 7 online courses… and I didn’t make much progress.

So how did I finally make it to this level?

If you want the short answer, I learned everything from this guy Alex, who’s making $200 per hour with his drone. And he’s even teaching exactly how to do that.

This is pretty much what you need to know:

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1. Make sure you have a proper drone.

If you have any of the latest DJI Drones, like the Mavic Air 2, for example, you’re ready to start making money.

No need to overthink this, but if it’s any help, check this comparison of the best camera drones compared in 2020.

types of drones

2.Learn how to create the best content to stand out

You won’t stand out from the next dad who bought a DJI drone for Cristmass in the eyes of your clients if you don’t do this.

It’s WAY more important to know what you’re doing than the gear you have.

You’ll need to learn and master the following:

  1.  
  • Flying your drone(to stand out from people with basic drone shots)
  • Preparing for the flight and weather in advance
  • Learn the best drone settings (you need a proper setup template)
  • Create the Video Script (it's way easier if you know what to shoot)
  • Have a set of great cinematic shots you know how to do
  • Know how to edit the video so it stands out
  • Learn how to color grade

This is why you HAVE to invest in a proper way to learn things (instead of watching tutorials here and there).

3.Find clients that pay 5x more than regular

But not so fast.

You won’t make a penny if you don’t know how to find your clients.

I have struggled finding clients even when my videos were getting pretty good.

Until I learned a few tricks and how to find and approach them so they won’t be able to say no.

And what’s best, I learned how to get the price I asked for.

How can you do the same?

I have tested quite a few courses online and watched tons of videos on youtube, but frankly, I have learned more from one single course than from everything else… and all that in like a weekend.

Made back the money from this investment in myself in a single week and then much more.

 

How do I learn all of this? From youtube?

You could simply go online and learn everything in terms of video from youtube, forums, facebook groups etc.

However, let me tell you, it’s the worst way to learn all of this(and the slowest).

You won’t have a Complete Step By step guide on how to do everything.

I found myself frustrated, even after I learned how to do most of the video stuff that I still lacked some knowledge and I didn’t know why my shots weren’t standing out.

I got some general promotion ideas from some articles online, but again… I didn’t have much success and was charging too little for my time.

This is exactly where I learned how to make $200 per hour with my drone (From A to Z)

This course is hold by Alex Harris, who’s an international video creator, director, and drone operator with tons of experience.

And I had a great time stealing his know-how(and greatly profited from it, lol).

I recommend you watch his video presentation bellow and check out the course sales page. It’s quite cheap, considering you’re getting 320+ minutes of everything you need to know, step by step and 80+ minutes on how to actually find the ideal clients for you.

I'm a big drone enthusiast, the owner of DronesGator.com and I also make weekly videos on my drone YouTube channel.

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