Italian philately generally begins with stamps issued by states such as Modena, Parma, Naples, and Sicily before the unification of Italy in the 1860s. Stamps printed by the Papal States and the Republic of San Marino are also included under the Italian banner. Not surprisingly, stamps printed at Vatican City have emphasized the architecture of St. Mark’s Basilica, as well as religious figures and Catholic values, while those from San Marino have celebrated everything from railways (1932) to U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt (1947). One curious corner of Italian stamps are the double-verticals printed in 1924, which feature King Victor Emmanuel III on the top portion of the stamp and an advertisement on the bottom, with no perforation between the two. Maybe that’s a solution for the financially troubled U.S. Postal Service?


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Alphabetilately

Alphabetilately

First shown in 2008 to celebrate the Smithsonian National Postal Museum's 15th anniversary, Alphabetilately is esse… [read review or visit site]



Clubs & Associations

Most watched eBay auctions    

Italy 1862 Sass #2 Mnh/muh Mint 1/2 Sheet Stamp Block Cv1250 As SinglesItaly-italia-1954 Cavallino 1.000l [wheels ] Fine Mnh O.g.cat 4.500 Euros 2o13Papal State 1852 - [scarce] 1s Carmin Rose, Cancelled, 100 % AuthentiqueModena - Selection Classics, CancelledModena - Selection Classics, CancelledModena - Selection Classics, CancelledItaly-italia-1946/51 Pacchi Set Fine Mnh O.g.cat 2.150 Euros In Sassone Blu 2013Sardegna - Selection Varieties Including FakesItaly (regno) - Selection 1930'sItaly-italia-1949 Rep 100l Fine Mnh O.g.catalogued 340 Euros Sassone Blu 2013(ja124) Greece Mnh Stamps Italy Occupazoine Militaire Cefalonia VfItaly-italia-1945/48 Set Fine Mnh O.g.catalogue 1.350 Euros In Sassone Blu 2013Italy 1923 Manzoni L.5 Imperf. / Mnh Superb Quality / Signed B3210Italy-italia-1955/81 110l Lilla Pacchi [stars ] Fine Mnh O.g.cat 340 Euros 20131863 Sardinia To France Grasse Cover. Super 40c Stamp In Rare Bright Red Shade.Italy 1933 Cover St. Air Mail From Milano To Ragoon - India BirmaniaItaly-italia-1948 Risorgimento Set Fine Mnh O.g.cat 520 Euros Sassone Blu 2013Modena - 3 X Varieties, Cent.49. + Ce6nt. 40.Italy-italia-1953/55 Pacchi [wheels ] Set Fine Mnh O.g.cat 525 Euros In 2o13Italia Italian States Antichi Stati, Card#1502172Italy , 1921 / 1923 , Very Scarce 30 C. Blp Overprint , New Certificated , Mh Italy Jerusalem Gerusalemme 1909 Sass#5 Mnh/muh Mint Stamp Block 2100 As SinglesItaly-italia-1950 Lavoro Set Fine Mnh O.g.catalogued 260 Euros In 2o13Italy (regno) - Selection 1930'sItaly States Classic 9586Italienische Besetzung 1941/43 - Montenegro - Michel 35/43b - Mnh - 140 EuroNoblespirit No Reserve(th1)italy Trieste A.m.e. M&u Stock Album W/ Sets=$1,782cv4 Fdcs 1953 Italy Natal Triestino Amg-ftt Trieste Gutter Pair Set From Bush PageItaly-italia-1955/81 75l Pacchi [stars ] Fine Mnh O.g.cat 400 Euros In 2o13San Marino, Excellent Stamp Collection Hinged In A Minkus Specialty Album(-1976)Italy 1939 P. Stat. St. Air Mail From Genova To Manila PhilippinesLombardy Venetia - Selection Classics, Postmark InterestItaly-italia-1950 Radio Set Fine Mnh O.g.catalogued 260 Euros In 2o13Italy , 1861 , Very Scarce Classic 20 Gr. Stamp , New Certificated , Mh ! Italy-italia-1945/62 Air+ex.issues Fine Mnh O.g.cat Over 280 Euros In 2013Italy , 1921 / 1923 , Very Scarce 15 C. Blp Overprint , New Certificated , Mh Momen: Italy Stamps #c49 Mint Og Nh $325 R4181s #9244Lybia 1932 - Registered Air Mail Cover To Roma ItalyItalian States Modena 1852 / L.1 Used On Pice Xf / Rare / Signed B2776Italy-italia-1948 Ris. 35l Express Fine Mnh O.g.cat 180 Euros Sassone Blu 2013Italy , 1861 , Scarce Proof Stamp ( Sassone 22g ) With Head Omitted !! Mh ,certNice Italy Collection Very Old Mh/used Stamps Italy (regno) - Selection 1920'sItaly - 1923. Fascist Black Shirt Fund - Set Of 3, Mh/mng : Cat. £110Italy-italia-1955/57 Lavoro [stars ] Set Fine Mnh O.g.cat 150 Euros In 2o13Italy: Mixed Used Examples - Ex-old Time Collection - Album Page (7025)Momen: Italy Stamps #c26-27 Mint Og H $105 R4181s #9246Italian States Tuscany 1851-52 Lion 1 Quattrino I Issue Used / Signed B2761Italy 1922 Vittoria 5c B.l.p. / Mnh, Signed / B28971858 Tuscany To Rocca Di San Caseiano 2 Crazie Bluegreen Cv $1200Italy , 1921 / 1923 , Very Scarce 85 C. Blp Overprint , New Certificated , Mh Amg Italy Postal Cover 1944 Tear Left Corner/faults (jb800)Italia Italian States Modena 1859 20c "ecnt" - Gomma - Sigl. Ed, Fiecchi EtcPiscopi 1912 - 1932. Italian Offices AbroadItaly (regno) - Selection 1930'sItaly (regno) - Selection 1930'sItaly Sardegna - Sardinia 1859, Rare Passport With Revenue Stamp. #a2588Italy-italia-1951 Ginnastici Set Fine Mnh O.g.catalogued 120 Euros In 2o13Italy Fiume 1921 Rare Registered Cover To BelgiumItalienische Besetzung 1941/43 - Ljubljana - Michel 18/33 - Mnh - 150 Euro