Author: Michele Capecchi

Michele Capecchi, a registered lawyer and member of the Florence Bar Association, holds a master of laws in American law and international legal practice from the Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. He writes on general legal issues for TF and will consider relevant inquiries sent to [email protected] and [email protected] for upcoming articles. Author of the book 'Legal Advice for Expats in Italy' published by The Florentine Press.
January 11, 2019

How to acquire Italian citizenship

Steps to take, documents you'll need
May 22, 2018

GDPR: What Italian businesses need to know

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on May 25, 2018. Here is a useful summary for Italian business owners to establish how their businesses will be affected and understand whether their businesses are ready for these new rules.
March 2, 2018

Reporting violence against women in Florence

Far too often during my career, I have met female clients seeking legal separation and protection from their husbands. Even after many years of practice, I am still shocked at the level of violence and the abuse of power that occurs in the family home. Some women say they tolerated violent behavior at the beginning […]
March 1, 2018

Rotten (food) rights in Italy

Question: A few days ago I bought some fresh pasta from the chilled section at the supermarket near my house. As soon as I got home I put it in the fridge. After a few days I noticed that the packet, still sealed, had swollen up, so I took it back to the store with […]
September 18, 2017

On ruined holidays

When summer comes to an end, the number of claims for damages caused by contractual breaches of tour operators and travel agents inevitably soars. All-inclusive travel packages are a service offered by travel agencies, through which, for a set price, all transportation (flight, ship, train), accommodation, food and other amenities are covered. Increasingly, however, tourists […]
May 11, 2017

Opening a business in Italy: the basics

Can I do business in Italy from the U.S.? Can I sell my products in Italy? Should I set up a company in Italy? What type of company best suits my needs? Do I get a visa to live in Italy if I open an Italian company? These are some of the questions asked by […]
March 28, 2017

Legal lines: in case of divorce

In this article, The Florentine’s legal columnist and international lawyer Michele Capecchi addresses many of the issues raised at the Round Table on Violence Against Women, held on March 16 at St. Mark’s English Church in Florence, organized by Lynn and Tessa Cole in collaboration with anti-violence center Associazione Artemisia. Q: I married an Italian […]
March 8, 2017

Italian measures to protect women: what’s in place?

On International Women’s Day (March 8), people around the world celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. But gender equality is still far from being reached and so many women, on a daily basis, seek help and support in handling and defending themselves from violence and abuse perpetrated by their partners. This is a […]
January 7, 2017

Remembering Ashley Olsen one year on

A statement from Avv. Michele Capecchi on the anniversary of the death of Ashley Olsen, brutally murdered in her Oltrarno flat on January 8, 2016.
May 26, 2016

On civil unions and de facto couples

On May 11, 2016, the Italian Parliament approved a law recognizing the civil unions of same-sex partners and specific rights to partners, regardless of their sexuality, who “live as a couple in a stable relationship” (known as De Facto Relationships, unioni di fatto or convivenze).     The part of the law that refers to […]