Italian honeybees are a common species that bee keepers keep around to produce honey. They are believed to hail from Italy and northern Sicily. Italian bees are gentle in nature and are not prone to swarming.

Italian bees are considered suitable starter bees for novice beekeepers. They build large hives in the winter and consume more food to make up for the lack of clustering in the hive. They start slow during the spring, and they may get lost when frequenting other hives. Italian honey bees make hives quickly, but they hijack other hives when nectar levels are low. They also forage for nectar within shorter distances. Italian honey bees can withstand most temperatures but are susceptible to humid and frigid conditions.