Hello! I'm applying for a Long Term Stay Visa D to tour Rome from September - May (8 months). I have no intention of working; this is a trip for religious reasons as I write I book. I have meet all the requirements I could find online (apartment, plane tickets to/from, health insurance, proof of financial means, etc.) However, when I checked in with the consulate today via email they told me that US citizens cannot stay past 90 days. They said there are no visa options that would allow me to stay past 90 days if I don't have a work visa in Italy. However, I've read a few blogs of travelers who have obtained Long Term Stay Visa D for the intention of traveling/tutoring. Can anyone confirm this information? Is it possible that I won't be able to do this trip after all? Help!