Administration of Justice

Ministero dell’Interno (Ministry of Interior)

Contains information on local and national police. Italian only.

Ministero della Difesa (Military Court)

Contains information on the form and function the the Ministero della Difesa, as well as numerous documents and legislation available for downloading. Italian only.

Ministero della Giustizia (Ministry of Justice)

Contains information on juvenile justice system, corrections system, justice system, and more. Italian only.


Polizia Penitenziaria

Provides information on correctional institutions. Italian only.

Drugs & Alcohol

European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) - Country Overview

The EMCDDA country overview provides a structured synopsis of the trends and characteristics of national drug problems. It consits of a summary of the national drug situation, key statistics at a glance and a barometer showing the drug use prevalence position of Italy.

Organized Crime

Centro di Documentazione Giuseppe Impastato

This site provides links to a number of sources regarding the Mafia in Italy and beyond. The site is available in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.

Osservatorio Permanente sulla Criminalita Organizzata (Permanent Observatory on Organized Crime)

The Permanent Observatory on Organized Crime (OPCO) was established in the Sicilian Region May 3, 2001. The OPCO serves as advisor to the President of the Sicilian Region and the local authorities, and to contribute significantly to the study of problems concerning the phenomenon of organized crime, in its aspects regional, national and international. In Italian.

Police & Law Enforcement

Associazione Nazionale Funzionari di Polizia
(The National Association of Police Officials)

The National Association of Police Officials (A.N.F.P.) is headquartered in Rome and has several branches throughout Italy. The Association has a union-like nature and provides cultural initiatives and domestic and international contact with a view to strengthening links with citizens, developing knowledge of public order and security problems, and enhancing the professional specialization of junior and senior police offices of the Italian National Police.  Italian only.

Arma dei Carabinieri

Provides information as to the form, function and history of the Carabinieri. In English.

Guarda di Finanza (Finance Police)

Provides information as to the form, function and history of the Finance Police. Also note the annual reports available for downloading. In Italian and English.

Polizia di Stato (Italian State Police)

Provides information on the public security system, which is responsible for public order and security maintenance, as well as information on police departments and training, community policing, special police units, and the fight against terrorism.  Also provides links to other government and criminal justice agencies.  Italian and English.

Research & Statistics

Guide to Law Online, Italy

The Guide to Law Online, prepared by the United States Law Library of Congress Public Services Division, is an annotated guide to sources of information on government and law available online. It includes selected links to useful and reliable sites for legal information.

Guide to Italian Legal Research and Resources on the Web

This guide provides extensive sources on the Italian legal system, including websites, portals, search engines, guides, websites, off-line databases, mailing lists and newsgroups.