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Guida turistica (Italy)

  • Generic name of profession

    Tourist guide
  • Identification

    Name of regulated profession:
    Guida turistica
    tourist guide (EN)
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  • Legal information

    Legal basis for regulation

    EU Law :
    National legislation:

    D.lgs. 23 maggio 2011, n. 79 - art. 3 legge 6/8/2013, n. 97 e leggi regionali The Code of Cultural Heritage and Landscape (Legislative Decree. 42 of 22 January 2004) defines what has to be considered—as well as the administrative procedures to be followed—as part of the Italian “cultural heritage”.

    Useful link:


    Type of regulation :
    Reserves of activities


    Recognition under:
    DIRECTIVE 2005/36/EC
    Additional information :
    Recognition under Directive 2005/36/EC:
    General system of recognition - primary application
    Qualification level:
    SEC - Certificate attesting the completion of a secondary course , Art. 11 b
    Prior check of qualifications for a temporary and/or occasional provision of services:
    Prior check of qualifications only for individual professionals not benefiting from automatic recognition:
  • Activities

    Description of activities:

    È guida turistica chi, per professione, accompagna persone singole o gruppi di persone nelle visite ad opere d'arte, a musei, a gallerie, a scavi archeologici, illustrando le attrattive storiche, artistiche, monumentali, paesaggistiche e naturali


    The definition of the tourist guide profession is provided in another piece of legislation. Article 11 of Law no. 217 of the former Italian Framework Law on Tourism dated 17 May 1983 subsequently repealed by more recent regulations, but states that: "A tourist guide is a professional who accompanies individuals or groups of people visiting museums, galleries, archaeological sites and illustrates historical sites, artworks, monuments or any other cultural or natural heritage”. Tourist guides’ activities include organizing itineraries and welcoming tourists, with the purpose of guiding them through visits of the cultural and natural heritage sites of a certain area.

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