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Since 2000, the Italian postal system has undergone large-scale changes. It is no longer a state-owned monopoly, although the government still owns the majority. The service is managed by Poste Italiane. Services include mailing letters and parcels, banking and financial services, and managing certain local administrative matters. Poste Italiane also has services catering specifically to small business.
The Vatican state has its own postal service. Stamps can be bought in the Vatican City; mail with Vatican stamps must be posted there.
Italian postcodes (Codice di Avviamento Postale, CAP) are five digits long, the first two indicate the town and province and the last three, the street.
There is a specific way to write an Italian address. The surname (family name) is usually written before the Christian/first name and the house/building number comes after the street name. As many buildings in Italy are apartment buildings, make sure that the post box has the correct name on it.
The postal code is written before the town name and the two-figure province code is written at the end of the line, without brackets.
When posting to Italy from overseas, it may be useful to insert the ISO country code "I-" before the postcode ("I-10123 Torino", in the example above).
|post office||ufficio postale|
|normal (second class) post||posta ordinaria|
|priority (first class) post||posta prioritaria|
|insured post||posta assicurata|
|airmail||per via aerea|
|mailbox (at home for receiving post)||cassetta postale|
|postcode||codice di avviamento postale (CAP)|
|registered post||posta raccomandata|
|change of address||cambio di indirizzo|
|post office box||casella postale|
|post office bank account||conto bancoposta|
|foreign currency exchange||cambiavalute|
|traveller's cheque||assegno turistico|