Rome Post Office service
Postage fares depend on the destination country, on the type of item to be dispatched,
and on weight. A postcard ("cartolina postale") to the United States for
ex. will cost you 70 Euro cents appr. 80 US$ cents, and a letter ("lettera")
1 Euro appr. 1.2 US$. Postcards or letters to the European Union countries cost just
as internal Italian fares, thus a little less. A registered letter ("lettera
raccomandata") to any Italian destination will cost you a fee of 3.5 Euro appr.
4 US$. Certified letters ("lettera assicurata") cost 5 Euro appr. 6 US$
in addition to the cost of the normal letter. For foreign countries the cost changes
with the country, you should enquire at the post office.
To post letters and postcards you will find letter boxes in every quarter or block,
and particularly in train stations and out of post offices. For any destination other
than Rome, use the "Per tutte le altre destinazioni" (for all other destinations)
slot, while for Rome you should use the "Roma citta' " slot.
It is not a good idea to dispatch parcels back home with goods you bought in Italy,
or with your personal belongings just to travel light. The Italian postal fares and
regulations are complicated, you will find it hard to prepare the parcel according
to the regulations they provide. Last but not least it is rather expensive, especially
to the US, Canada and Australia. Private forwarding companies have more flexible regulations
and offer a faster service, but they are not a good solution too as they are expensive.
If you need to rent a mail box, it is next to impossible in a public post office.
In fact they are so cheap and on the other hand very requested, and so you have to
wait on a list. You must also provide references, or an official reason, to the post
office managers to have one. A solution can be "Mail Boxes", in Via dei
Mille, 36/38/40 (very near Termini station, metro line A ), or also in Piazza Leonina
near the Cavour metro stop of line B. You can rent a mailbox (of various size). The
attentive shop owner provides an attentive photocopying and fax service, storing incoming
faxes with care. In this shop you can also send or receive money through the Western
Union with fast delivery (the service is called "Money Transfer").
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