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 foreign investors who seek legal support before entering the Italian market. Despite an unflattering picture of red tape, high taxation and a rigid labor market, Italy remains a market that offers excellent opportunities in sectors such as life sciences, ICT, renewable energy, fashion, food, tourism and luxury real estate. Understanding how business works in Italy is challenging for internationals who view our market with genuine interest. Here are some of the basics that foreign investors should take into consideration when planning to start a business in Italy.