Working in Rome

If you're planning to live in Rome, unless you are very lucky, you're going to need to work here too. There's plenty of work available, but it's not all rewarding or well paid. It's best to do your research before you come, and have a good idea of what you might do for work, and who you might be able to work for.

Finding a job in Rome

There are several ways of looking for work in Rome, depending on what you're hoping to achieve.

If you're coming for a few months — perhaps you're a student on a gap year — your best bet is probably going to be working in one of the bars, leading tours of the city, or teaching English.

If you're planning to relocate in the long term, have the right qualifications, and are reasonably good at languages, there will be more options available to you. One of the largest employers of foreigners in Rome is FAO: see below.

Writers and journalists

If you're planning to support yourself as a freelance writer, it pays to have a reputation and contacts before you leave your home country. There's one English-speaking freelance journalist per square metre in Rome, and sending speculative feature ideas to magazines where you aren't already known is going to put you at the end of a very long queue.

Working at FAO

FAO, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, is based in the city, and is a major employer of people from around the world in a variety of administrative and technical roles, from management positions to electricians. To find out more and browse current vacancies, see their website: Employment at FAO.