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Italian orders of merit


Italian orders of merit

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  • On the website of the Presidency of the Republic ( comprehensive information (historical notes, regulations and photos of the decorations) is available on all the decorations of Italian orders of merit. On the same site a search database is also available with the list of all those who have been awarded an Italian decoration. The list is constantly updated.


  • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation plays a fundamental role in the process concerning the award of some of the main national honors, putting forward nominations made also by the Italian diplomatic missions abroad and bringing thus to the attention of the Italian Authorities candidates (Italians and foreigners) deserving recognition for their activities in promoting Italy. The MAECI has contingents for the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (OMRI), for the Order of the Star of Italy (OSI, formerly Star of the Italian Solidarity) and for the Star of Labour.

    The MAECI manages in full the OSI honor which is today the second civil honor of the Italian State destined to Italian citizens residing abroad and to foreigners who have distinguished themselves in the fields of culture, economy, Italian communities abroad, as well as to artists, sportsmen, political and cultural personalities.



To view the personalites upon which an Italian Order of Merit (The Order of Merit of the Italian Republic and the Order of Merit of the Italian Star) has been conferred in recent years, please see the Italian version of this page.