The main aim of acute ischemic stroke treatment is the as much possible prompt, safe and effective arterial recanalisation, in order to restore reperfusion into the ischemic brain area. The procedures obtaining this result are rapidly evolving and in the last years, we observed new evidences that affirmed the therapeutical benefit of the concomitant treatment using endovenous thrombolysis and mechanical thrombectomy in selected patients with ischemic stroke. However, all treatments are time-sensitive and the main limitation for their application is represented by the time. For this reason, the optimisation of the acute stroke management that includes a pre-hospital and an in-hospital phase is essential to reduce the avoidable delay, increasing the number of patients potentially treatable. The purpose of this document is to define the main elements and to suggest the principal key points constituting the optimal pathway of stroke management in Italian care settings, in line with the recommendations coming from the current national and international guidelines.