Hi wb_hunter. Crossbow in Italy is not legal for hunting. Bowhunting is legal but now only few regions allow it. In all the ALPI zone (all the north italian area) bowhunting is prohibited or strictly limited for local resident. For hunt in italy is necessary to have state-issued hunting license. Ungulate hunt is from september to january but restricted in short period, linked to the area. For these reasons I hunt also in italian private reserve fee, or in USA. Bownhunting in Italy is very difficult.
Just asking out of curiosity. Bowhunting is generally illegal here, and in Germany.
Alternatives would be Hungary and Slovenia, with a bowhunting tourism business in place.
Maybe other ex-Yugoslavian states, too.