Addressing an envelope to Italy

Discussion in 'Italian-English' started by Melito Irpino, Nov 3, 2006.

  1. Melito Irpino New Member

    When my cousin from Italy writes she puts the return address as "Mitt:" followed by her maiden name and then her first name. I figured out that "Mitt" is short for "sender" but is it normal for a married woman to use her maiden name, and why the last name first? What would be the best way to address my letter to her? Thank you,
     
  2. _forumuser_

    _forumuser_ Senior Member

    New York City
    Italian
    Yes, Mitt. is short for Mittente (sender). That of putting the surname first is a custom that is slowly disappearing. As for why she uses her maiden name, in Italy it is very common to continue using your maiden name after marriage. Most people don't change their names on documents, and keep using their maiden name for convenience. The common format for addressing mail in Italy is:

    NAME + FAMILY NAME
    Via/Piazza/ STREET NAME, STREET NUMBER
    ZIP CODE (normally five digits), CITY (PROVINCE)
    ITALY

    Example:

    Mario Rossi
    Via Milano, 25
    00100 Roma
    Italy

    Sender address goes at the front of the envelope, often at the center-top
     
  3. uinni

    uinni Senior Member

    Italy, Italian
    Mitt. Means mittente=sender.
    When one writes her/his name in the return address, s/he usually do not add any title (unless is a formal letter and one wants to state it has been sent by a dott., Ing. and so on and so forth... :) )
    Older people tend to write first the last name and then the forename.

    Women do not lose their last name when they get married in Italy!

    You should address the letter to:

    Sig.ra Name Surname
    Address...
    zipcode CITY
    ITALIA

    Uinni
     
  4. Melito Irpino New Member

    Thank you, both, for your answers.
     
  5. canturnmom New Member

    English
    This is the address I have. I need to send something to my son, his name is XXX XXXXX and I was told to send it to the following address, but I don't know how to write the address down and how and where do I put my return address on the envelope, box, etc:

    Viale ABC- tabaccheria n*1- via DEF n*14- cap.12345 - Taggia(IM)-Italy

    Thanks for your help.
     
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2009
  6. federicoft Senior Member

    Italian
    XXX XXXXX c/o ABC
    via DEF, 14
    12345 Taggia (IM)
    Italy

    Don't know what does "tabaccheria n*1" stand for, but I'm pretty sure it is not necessary.
     
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2009
  7. canturnmom New Member

    English
    Thank you so much. Now I can get his birthday present to him....
     
  8. angelgrace New Member

    filipino
    I have an italian friend his name is max pratesi rossi and i get confused because he said his name max and first name is pratesi rossi so
    How to write it in
    Firstname:
    Middlename:
    Lastname:
     
  9. Anja.Ann

    Anja.Ann Senior Member

    Lombardia
    Italian
    Hello Angelgrace and welcome to the forum :)

    I'd say that "Pratesi Rossi" is his family name/surname/last name and his given name/first name is "Max". :)
     
    Last edited: Jul 4, 2014
  10. joanvillafane Senior Member

    U.S., New Jersey
    U.S. English
    Anja.Ann, this is confusing me, too. Isn't his given name/first name "Max" - not "Rossi" ???
     
  11. Anja.Ann

    Anja.Ann Senior Member

    Lombardia
    Italian
    Oh, dear! Sorry, Joan! And I apologize, Angelgrace. :( My fautl! Of course, his given name/first name is Max! It's a slip!

    EDIT
    I edited post # 9 and fixed the slip to avoid additional confusion.
     
    Last edited: Jul 4, 2014
  12. angelgrace New Member

    filipino
    Thank you Anja.ann, now i get it that his name/firstname is Max
    and his familyname is Pratesi Rossii
     

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