With very little English information available, using Italian mail services can be pretty confusing if you come from abroad. To prevent an awkward visit to your local Italian post office or getting your postcard lost, we’ll get into the nuts and bolts of sending mail in Italy.
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The process of sending a letter in Italy might be pretty familiar to what you’re used to in your home country.
Here’s how it looks:
You can also skip some of these steps by using Poste Delivery Web (online service of Poste Italiane).
You can get stamps (francobolli) at:
Most of the time, they’ll know exactly how much it’ll cost you to send something to your home country. Just tell (or show) what you need to send and where.
However, this only applies to stamps for letters and postcards;
to send a parcel you still need to go to an ufficio postale (post office).”
One of the things that make an Italian post office very different from what you’re used to back home is that Poste Italiane has many functions.
Italians go to the post office not just to send a letter or a package, but also to pay bollettino (taxes and bills). And as you might know, expats like you, come here to apply for the issue or renewal of their residence permit.
That’s why Italian post offices tend to be quite crowded, with people having to line up before the entrance during peak hours. But as soon as you’re in, things get a bit more organised.
Because people come here for so many different reasons, Poste Italiane has a take-a-number queue system in place. So, the only thing left to do is to sit patiently and wait for your turn.
So how does it work in a nutshell?
Alternatively, you can save yourself some hassle and book a spot at the nearby Italian post office online.
Poste Italiane also offers the complete service of printing and sending your letter. You just need to type it all in, attach any necessary files, pay online and they’ll take care of the rest!
But here’s the catch.
Poste Italiane is notorious for losing letters and packages.”
That’s especially true for the letters and packages that are sent TO Italy FROM abroad.
So if you’re sending something of great importance or just want to make sure your international shipping is delivered timely, use one of the courier services.
Some of our favourites:
As we mentioned earlier, Poste Italiane also offers parcel delivery services. One of the benefits is the cheaper cost, and an option for a pick-up directly from your house. When sending within Italy, you don't even need to print any labels. If you choose so, your courrier will do everything for you.
With Poste Delivery Web or its Post Office APP, you can:
However, we recommend using this service within Italy only. Otherwise, there’s a big chance your package will be travelling for months.
And if you do decide to use Poste Italiane, make sure you select the service allowing you to track your parcel up until it arrives at the destination.
If you’re wondering how to write an address in Italy, you’re not alone. After all, each country uses different formats, and you might get confused about whether your house number goes before or after the street name.
But don’t worry, we'll explain everything to you in a moment!
The main rule when addressing a letter to Italy (or within) is to include:
This information should be written or typed in a specific order and read easily.
That means you must:
It should look like this:
Template in English:
Italy's post office prices are on the lower side.
Prices for sending a letter or a postcard (up to 20 g) from Italy abroad are as follows:
|Zone 1 (Europe and Mediterranean Basin)||€ 1.15|
|Zone 2 (Africa, Americas, Asia)||€ 2.40|
|Zone 3 (Oceania)||€ 3.10|
We hope our article saves you some hassle and frustration whether you already live in Italy, plan to move there, or just want to send a little something to your friend in this beautiful country!
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