I make no secret of my hate-hate relationship with the Italian post office.
With Christmas coming up, I’ve been getting requests from my friends and family for my new Italian address. I always give it to them with a little note- “Don’t worry about mailing me anything! It is incredibly difficult to send and receive packages in Italy.”
I don’t think I’m being over-dramatic. The list of things that you cannot mail is quite impressive. For a good laugh, you can check out the entire list of items you are prohibited from sending to Italy here.
My favorites include:
- No live bees
- No hats
- No photo albums
- No toys (unless they are made entirely of wood)
- No shoes
- No playing cards
- No typewriter ribbons
That means my friend Andy broke several rules to mail me a package with chocolate AND a toy car:
How this made it through customs will always remain a mystery.
And let’s not forget, you (the Italian recipient) have to pay taxes on any package that has a value of over 40 Euro. Even though the sender paid to mail it, you have to pay again to pick it up.
So thank you for the thought, but please hold the mail.