I love reading e-mails from my clients because of their sheer curiosity of and appreciation for all things Italy. Many of them have family in Italy, and they often express to me that they want to send gifts, correspondence or postcards to their cousins there but they are not sure how to address their letters.
So here's how to fill out your letter to Italy! Keep in mind that standard Italian and U.S. paper sizes are different (and also that Italians have adorable little staples that are much smaller than American ones):
Explanation of Italian letter terms:
Mittente: The sender. This information typically goes on the back flap of the letter. In Italy, one often sees last name first and then first name (especially on lists), but letters usually follow the standard First Name, Last Name format. Make sure to write all titles before the first name such as Sig., Avv., etc.
Destinatario: The recipient.
Adesivo posta prioritaria: This is the priority mail sticker, and it usually goes where the sender's info would go in the U.S.
Here is another example of an Italian envelope, this one with the recipient's full address. As you can see, Italians write addresses differently than we do. The name is followed by the street and then the street number, and the last line has the zip code first (known in Italian as CAP or codice di avviamento postale), then city and province abbreviation in parenthesis.
Addresses follow this template:
(First Name) (Last name)
(Street), (Street number)
(CAP or zip code) (City) (Province code)
On the back of this envelope, the sender's address is written out following the above template.
And it's that easy! Now you can send Italian envelopes like a pro.
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