A small dilapidated building located near Vatican City's greenhouses is home to the Italian Ministry of Magic. Visitors to the Italian Ministry are guided through Vatican City as if they are on a tour before being led behind the small 'Non entrare' sign and through a cramped door. Once the first door is secured, a second, wider door opens to reveal the Ministry's sprawling entrance hall. The floors are lacquered marble while spiral blue and white columns reach all the way up to the high ceiling. Open space is valued here.
The remaining floors are underground and employees not wishing to use the public entrance are welcome to enter the Ministry via a tunnel connecting to the Vatican's catacombs. To off-set being underground, many floors use magic to mimic outside weather for the day ranging from pouring rain on windows to breezy, sunny days.
Italy is very proud of its history and its magical residents are no different. And much like the rest of the magical world, Italy's magical history is very much tied with its muggle history. The Department of Historic Conservation specializes in Roman ruins found all over the world. Ministry archaeologists and anthropologists work with the Wizarding Expedition Society to trace and learn more about ancient magical culture in Rome. Due to the different form of magical transportation, this makes it easier to find artefacts and magical texts before muggles can.
Some discoveries are shared in a small museum located on the fifth floor of the Italian Ministry.
But as important as its magical history, Italy also takes its Roman Catholic heritage and tradition very seriously. While the Inquisition caused some tension, Roman Catholicism in Italy took on a belief that witches and wizards were closer to their God who had given them abilities namely those to heal the sick. But while there was a clear division between Italy's muggle government and the Vatican, there was a perfect marriage between the Italian Ministry of Magic and Roman Catholicism. Religious items are seen throughout the building from crosses to saint statues. A chapel sits on the third floor with daily services for Ministry employees and visitors.
Perhaps the most intriguing things to come from this are the wizards and witches who occupy the Ministry's bottom floor. They are called maghidoti and wear robes of deep red much like a Cardinal bishop in the Vatican. No one really knows what they do, but sometimes they are called on the Vatican to investigate miracles to see if magic had actually taken place. Maghidoti spend much of their time in prayer and studying religious texts.