Experiences involving alcohol in Rome
These information pages are here to help give you a starting point to find out about some of the obligations that may apply to you if you decide to host Experiences on Airbnb. These pages include summaries of some of the rules that may apply to different sorts of activities, and contain links to official resources that you may find helpful.
Please understand that these information pages are not comprehensive, and are not legal advice. If you are unsure about how local laws or this information may apply to you or your Experience, we encourage you to check with official sources or seek legal advice.
Please note that we don’t update this information in real time, so you should confirm that the law has not changed recently.*
What about serving alcohol? Do I need any licences for that?
Alcohol is a highly regulated area. You need a licence to serve alcohol. Selling alcohol without a license exposes you to the risk of a fine up to €12,000.
If you have submitted a valid SCIA notice relating to the sale of food and beverage, this allows you to sell alcohol. However, note that there are restrictions relating to opening hours and serving times, especially during the night. Moreover, additional restrictions may apply for consuming, selling and serving alcohol in specific areas of Rome and/or during specific periods of the year: we recommend you to check possible specific rules applicable to your area by consulting the Rome Municipality website.
Is there a minimum drinking age? Is there a minimum serving age?
In Italy, you are not allowed to serve or sell alcohol to people who are younger than 18. Failure to comply exposes you to the risk of a fine ranging from € 250 to € 1,000. In addition, be aware that serving alcohol to people who are younger than 16 is an offence which may trigger severe penalties including criminal sanctions. Always check the age of your guests very carefully.
What if I carry out my activity in the historical city centre? Will I need to comply with any additional rules?
Yes, Rome’s historical centre is protected as an artistic site and special provisions apply to all activities relating to food and beverage in the relevant Districts (e.g. Municipio I, Municipio III). As mentioned here, food businesses are subject to quality criteria and assigned a specific rating, which must be higher in the city center (ZONA A) than everywhere else. Any activity in the historic centre is subject to special rules. Those rules may not apply to home-based activities - however this is considered to be a grey area and it is a good idea to check with the Rome Municipality and your District whether specific restrictions apply to your experience.
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