Member Profile: Italy, .it

Full Name of Registry: .it Registry

Contact details (address, phone, fax, general enquiries):

Postal address

Registro .it
Istituto di Informatica e Telematica del CNR
AREA DELLA RICERCA Via Giuseppe Moruzzi, 1
I-56124 PISA


The phone number is: +39 050 313 98 11
Operators respond on weekdays with the following schedule:

  • mornings 9.30 - 13.00
  • afternoons 14:30 - 17.30


  • To External Relations Unit: +39 050 315 27 13
  • The Letters of Assumption of Responsibility: +39 050 54 24 20
  • To request a domain name subject to a cancellation in the previous 7 (seven) days +39 050 577639
  • For these domain names LARs sent to other fax numbers of the Registry will not be accepted
  • For all other operations on domain names: +39 050 57 02 30
  • To give advanced warning via fax of a challenge +39 050 3153448
  • To request access to data concerning the challenge +39 050 3153448


Founding date: December 1987

Registration Model (Registry/Registrar system; Direct registrations; Both): Both

Number of domain names: 1.898.415 (May 6, 2010)

History: Since its beginnings, the process of registering domain names under the .it country code top level domain has been a particular activity of the Italian National Research Council (CNR). In December 1987 with the birth of the fi rst domain name in the Italian network (""), the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority recognised the and assigned the CNR with its management given the technical and scientific expertise of its researchers, who had been amongst the first in Europe to adopt the IP protocol. The service of registering and maintaining Italian domains was initially provided by the CNUCE institute of the CNR. In 1997 this role passed to another CNR institute - the Institute for Telematic Applications (IAT), and then to IIT which was founded in 2002 from a merge between IAT and the Institute of Computational Mathematics. The diffusion of .it domain names has followed in parallel the more general development of the Internet in Italy. For the fi rst ten years the web was essentially used in academic and research circles, and domain registration was nothing more than a niche activity. With the explosion of the World Wide Web, which in Italy took place in the late 1990s, the process of registering .it domain names really took off. The Registry of the has gradually enlarged its size to changing workloads and at the same time has adapted the regulation and technological tools to the changing needs of the operators and the market. After the elimination of the limit to the number of domains that could be registered (in 2000 for companies, and in 2004 for private individuals), and the introduction of the synchronous system (September 2009), the rush for .it domain names has progressed rapidly, with more than 36,000 new requests for registration every month.