The point is that posting items to Genoa (Genova in Italian) seems to be safe. Genoa, for those who do not know, is in north Italy.On 15 July, I ordered a couple of items from Germany. Actually, I’m happy to say that the order from Germany did get to me.

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It’s not just sending things to Italy which can be haphazard, but also sending items out of the country.

Whether or not the letters, packs and parcels reach their destination tends to be down to chance with the Italian post.

I cannot say whether it is Italian postal workers who take a shine to whatever people are sending to one another, or whether it is the postal people in the countries through which the post passes, but I have my suspicions with regard to Italian post workers.

This how-to post, if you’ll excuse the postal pun, may help you avoid losing things to the rather erratic Italian post.

And if you think I’m being paranoid, then take a look at the comments which this post on the Italian post has attracted since it was first published in May 2009.

By way of an update for 2011, an Italian friend of mine in Genoa who often buys things online and uses the Italian post office to have them delivered has not had any problems, and has not lost anything, nor has he had packages opened.

I suspect he has the things he orders posted to his offices, but I’m not sure – I’ll ask him about this the next time I see him.

I’ve lost count of the number of stories I’ve heard from expats in Italy who have lost things in the post here.

More often than not it is items sent to Italy which tend to disappear into the ether.