The 63-year-old was wheeled out of Caimpino Airport in Rome after publicly slamming the introduction of a new top rate of tax in France in January 2013.
It is unclear whether the actor famous for his roles as Cyrano de Bergerac and Astérix the Gaul’s sidekick Obélix, is just on a short break in Rome or if he is on his way to Belguim, where it is rumoured he will settle.
The start of a new life? Gerard arrives in Rome after stocking up on French cheese in Paris, sparking rumours he is leaving his homeland for good
Mr Depardieu wrote: 'I was born in 1948.
'I started working aged 14, as a printer, as a warehouseman, then as an actor, and I’ve always paid my taxes.'
Taking a snooze: Gerard was seen stocking on French cheese after he renounced new French tax laws
Last year he paid taxes amounting to 85 per cent of his income.
'I am neither worthy of pity nor admirable, but I shall not be called 'pathetic’,' he concluded, saying that he was sending back his French passport.
Easy does it! Gerard arrives in Italy, bit will it be a short break or is he en route to Belgium?
The Belgian Foreign Minister has given carte blanche to anyone planning to follow in Gerard Depardieu's footsteps and move to Belgium in an attempt to escape higher French taxes.
'If other French people want to come to Belgium, I'm not at all opposed,' Didier Reynders said in an interview with Le Figaro.