The law prohibits religious discrimination, prevents restrictions on religious freedom, and includes provisions for prosecuting religious hate crimes. Catholic religious instruction is offered in all public schools, but the law guarantees the right of nonparticipation without penalty. Taxpayers could designate that 0.3 percent of their income tax be allocated to the Catholic Church or other religious groups registered as nonprofit organizations. Catholic symbols were common in state buildings.
There were no reports of significant societal actions affecting religious freedom.
During periodic visits, officials from the U.S. Consulate General in Florence emphasized U.S. support for religious tolerance with government leaders and civil society representatives.