If you're going the DIY route to get your Italian dual citizenship, this is the first and probably toughest decision to take.
To have the full answer, you can watch this video:
To sum the video up, based on where you live in the States, you might want to apply in Italy to shorten the application time.
For example, if the consulate where you’ll apply is known for having a long processing time, consider applying in a small comune in Italy. It’s often best to avoid bigger cities like Rome, Milan, Florence, Venice, Naples because of course it’ll take longer.
Rafael Di Furia explains several aspects related to DIY dual citizenship as well as living in Italy (funnily enough, we live in the same - small - place ;) In this video in particular he talks about the best place to apply https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zryRj03TPW0.
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I'm Natalia Bertelli, an English/Spanish to Italian legal translator. Since 2008 I have been working on contracts, judicial deeds, certificates, corporate translations for foreign clients who want to do business in Italy, get a dual citizenship or simply settle in my beautiful country.