This study aims to provide comprehensive information as well as statistics and data on volunteering in Italy. First of all, it gives an overview of the historical, political and social framework regarding volunteering in Italy and describes, with regards to the most recent developments, the kind of relationship and collaboration that has been taking form between voluntary organizations and the public administration. Secondly, it explores the volunteering infrastructure, its nature, activities and types of services provided. Furthermore, the study provides broad data on features of the volunteer population and the sectors in which volunteers are active. Finally, concluding remarks are focused on possible future development of volunteering with special attention to the role that it might play in the definition of a new model of social protection.