I'm in Italy on a study visa and I have a receipt for the permesso, I would like to leave for Africa for a short time before the permesso is issued. Will I be able to re-enter? (I got a multiple-entry visa), but I won't have the permesso in time to leave with it. From some anecdotal reading over here seems it's possible, but I'd like a more authoritative answer, and I can't find one.
I only possess the receipts of the application.

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    Is your visa still valid? – phoog Jan 22 '16 at 19:00

Ok, this is the authoritative answer i was looking for:

Foreigners awaiting renewal of their residence permits can leave 
and re-enter Italy if they hold:
1. the receipt issued by Italian Post offices (Poste Italiane S.p.A) certifying the submission of the application for renewal of their residence  permit or EC residence permit for long-term residents;
2. the expired residence permit;
3. their passport or other equivalent travel document .

source is here

This applies to those waiting for the document for the first time:

The same facilitated procedure is granted to foreigners who have submitted their 
application for their first residence permits for employment, 
self-employment, or family reunification, provided that:
1. they leave and re-enter Italy through any Italian external border crossing point (cicular letter 11th March 2009);
2. they show their passport or other equivalent travel document, along with the entry visa specifying the reasons of their stay (employment, self-employment, or family reunification ) and the receipt issued by Italian Post offices (Poste Italiane S.p.A.);
3. they do not transit through other Schengen countries, as this is not allowed.
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    This answer seems to speak about renewal of residence permits, whereas the OP sounds like he's awaiting having one issued for the first time. – Henning Makholm Jan 23 '16 at 11:47
  • sorry i failed to mention that scenario is also covered. – mike-m Jan 23 '16 at 16:11
  • provded that: ... It's incomplete! – becko May 23 '18 at 14:10

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