The Italian Embassy in London is one of the most important Italian bilateral embassies in the world. The Head of mission is Ambassador Inigo Lambertini.
On the basis of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 18 April, 1961, the embassy’s functions include the following:
• Represent Italy in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland;
• Safeguard the interests of Italy and its citizens, within the limits set by international law;
• Negotiate with the government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland;
• Gather information, by any legal means, on conditions and events in the United Kingdom and report back to the Italian State;
• Promote friendly relations and develop economic, cultural and scientific collaborations between Italy and the United Kingdom.
This Embassy coordinates a network comprising three consulates (London, Manchester and Edinburgh), two cultural institutes (London and Edinburgh), an Italian Trade Agency Office and an Italian National Tourist Board Office. The Embassy comprises a number of departments, staffed by personnel of the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation as well as by staff from other ministries and public institutions.
The Italian consulates in London and Edinburgh provide a range of consular services to both Italian and foreign nationals who live in the consulates’ respective catchment areas.