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How to call Italy (country code +39)

LAST UPDATE: April 5th, 2018

Calling to Italy

  • INCLUDE any leading ‘0’ in a phone number in the international call sequence – even with calls from outside Italy. Do not add a leading ‘0’ to a phone number that does not have one.
  • A leading '+' in the phone number means 'dial your country's exit code'.
  • Calling from a mobile phone: dial from on the country where you're currently located.
  • Calling from a VoIP or satellite phone: dial from on the country where the phone is registered.

Italy’s country code may be mislabeled:

  • Country code 0039 (exit code of ’00’ used in many European, Asian, and African nations followed by Italy’s country code of ’39’).
  • Country code 01139 (exit code of ‘011’ used in the United States and Canada followed by Italy’s country code of ’39’).

When calling to a mislabeled country code, remove the exit code from the call sequence and replace it with the exit code of the country the call is dialed from.

… to a mobile (cellular) phone

Use the same call sequence.

Mobile phone numbers begin with ‘3’. They do not have a ‘0’ before them (‘0’ is reserved for landline phone numbers).

When calling a mobile phone user, dial to the country where the mobile phone is registered, regardless of where the person is roaming.

… to a VoIP phone

Use the same call sequence.

Phone numbers beginning with ‘5’ are reserved for VoIP services.

When calling a VoIP phone user, dial to the country where the VoIP phone is registered, regardless of where the person is roaming.

… to a satellite phone

Italy does not have a country-specific satellite phone system.

Most satellite phones operate on their country code – calls to these satellite phones follow their call sequence.

Calling within Italy (domestic dialing)

Dial Italian phone numbers as they are listed.

‘0’ is not a trunk prefix in Italy – it designates a landline (fixed line) phone number. Always include any listed ‘0’ in the call sequence. Do not add a leading ‘0’ to a phone number that does not have one.

six to eleven digits
local phone number

Italian phone numbers explained

Number details

Italian phone numbers are six to eleven digits.

The first digit designates a land-line (‘0’) or mobile (‘3’) phone number.

ALWAYS include any leading ‘0’ in the calling sequence, whether dialed domestically or from abroad.

An example of an Italian phone number

The Maxxi Museum lists its phone number in Rome as +39 06 3201954.

Number explanation
39063201954
country code for Italydesignates a land-line phone numbergeographic (area) code for Romelocal number within Rome
Local example – calling from another location in Rome

All digits of the phone number are dialed, including the leading ‘0’.

063201954
designates a land-line phone numbergeographic (area) code for Romelocal number within Rome
Long distance example – calling from Venice, Italy (on the other side of the country)

All digits of the phone number are dialed, including the leading ‘0’.

063201954
designates a land-line phone numbergeographic (area) code for Romelocal number within Rome
International example – calling from outside Italy

To call from outside Italy, dial the exit code of the country the call is dialed from, followed by the Italy’s country code of ’39’, followed by the local phone number.

Include any leading ‘0’ in the call sequence – it is not removed from the phone number when dialed from outside Italy.

[fiveSectionCall firstone=”exit code” firsttwo=”exit code of the country the call is dialed from” secondone=”39″ secondtwo=”country code for Italy” thirdone=”0″ thirdtwo=”designates a land-line phone number” fourthone=”6″ fourthtwo=”geographic (area) code for Rome” fifthone=”3201954″ fifthtwo=”local number within Rome”]

Calling from Italy

… to San Marino or the Vatican City

Calls to San Marino and the Vatican City can be dialed as domestic Italian phone numbers, or use the international call sequence.

San Marino phone numbers start with ‘0549’ within the Italian phone system.

Vatican City phone numbers start with ’06 698′ within the Italian phone system.

… to all other countries and regions

’00’ is used as an exit code when dialing an international call from Italy.

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