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Okay the Italian Consulate isn’t that scary. I will admit that the whole experience was fairly intimidating, but my entire appointment lasted 10 minutes and I got my visa in 4 days. My appointment was on a Thursday and I received my passport in the mail on Monday afternoon. I definitely do not recommend making an appointment so close to your departure date, but if you live in the jurisdiction of the San Francisco Italian Consulate then you might just be okay.