The Poste Italiane— Yet Another Quagmire of Bureaucracy!

[Week 19] Not sure why I bother hiding my address when it's apparently freely viewable on the Pagine Bianche.
[Week 19] Not sure why I bother hiding my address when it’s apparently freely viewable on the Pagine Bianche.
So I’ve had some bad experiences with the Poste Italiane in the past, notably with regard to my permesso di soggiorno adventures and general bill-paying woes, but last week was the first time that I actually used the post office for something related to the postal system.

Long story short, I received an avviso di giacenza from the post office stating that I had a package waiting for me at Piazza Bologna and after gearing up my courage to face the horrific queues, I decided it was a good idea to go get it before it somehow got lost. You can tell that my faith in anything Italian is shaky at best.

After three hours, two different counters, around twenty tracks of music, and paying €11.76 in taxes, I finally got my package of goodies.

Tips for Poste Italiane package-collecting newbies:

  1. Even though selecting the “corrispondenza e pacchi” button for the queue makes sense, don’t press it. In fact, don’t enter the post office at all. The packages section isn’t even there.
  2. The package queue (outside the main building and to the left, if at Piazza Bologna) is horrific. People argue about their packages and the taxes they have pay to pick them up. I must admit, twelve euros seems excessive to me for a package that barely weighed a hundred grams but it’s pay it or leave it.
  3. Bottom line, tell friends and family not to send you packages from outside of Italy. It’s just not worth it.

Week 19 photo 2

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