Vatican's post office

Type
Historic
Highlights
  • The Vatican's post office was established on the 11th February 1929 and it has continued to offer its own postal services ever since then.
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The Vatican's post office

The Vatican's post office was established on the 11th February 1929 and it has continued to offer its own postal services ever since then. The first equipment the post office used was donated by the Italian government. First, the Vatican's post office services were only provided within the Vatican City. But the services expanded and it became possible to start sending mail throughout Rome after the Vatican City had became a member of the Universal Postal Union on the 1st  of June 1929 and signed a postal agreement with Italy on the 29th of July of the same year. The official stamps of Vatican City are produced under the authority of the Philatelic and Numismatic Office of the Vatican City State

Do you still use "snail mail?" even if you don't, a postcard with a Vatican stamp is a lovely gesture to your family and/or friends. The Vatican’s Post Office is open to everyone who wishes to send mail both within and outside Vatican City. The office is open during most part of the days and also depending on the season. During winter season, the opening hours of the Vatican Post Office are from 8:00 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.; Monday to Friday and from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; Saturday. During summer season, the opening hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; Monday to Saturday. The office remains closed on Sundays. The Vatican's post office also has its branches in St. Peters Square and in the Vatican Museums.

Apart from the usual postage stamps sold by the Vatican's post office, you can also find some special stamps at the Vatican post office. These stamps encompass features related to specific occasions. For example, during the resignation period of Pope Benedict XVI in February 2013, the Vatican's post office issued special cancellation stamps to mark the end of the Pope’s papacy. This special postmark showed Pope Benedict XVI in the foreground with his arms raised in a greeting. In the background of this special stamp was dome of St. Peter’s Basilica and it was encrypted with the words: “Pope Benedict XVI Renounces the Petrine Ministry. Vatican post, 28.2.2013,” written in Latin.

The Vatican also sells some special types of stamps and envelopes that are made only when there is no Pope (Sede Vacanta). These stamps are considered by the Vatican's post office as “special stamps” because they are issued only when the Pope is not in his place. In most cases, these stamps are very high in value and purchased in bulk by stamp collectors not just for economic value but also because they are more valuable since they symbolize a very crucial period for the Roman Catholic Church.

 Funnily enough, in Italy many Romans travel to the Vatican City Post Office to post their critical letters as a result of their distrust for the Italian postal systems. The Vatican's post office sends millions of letters every year and its services are more reliable. In fact the Vatican City’s postal system was to be “one the best postal systems in the world”, by the Universal Postal Union. The Vatican's postal code is 00120.
 
10 reviews   5 comments
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Gerard L Haverstock
Received my 2019 renewal form. But there no where on the form to input me payment information, How am I do do it.43409
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Stamped Postcards (in stamped envelope)
Two stamped postcards posted, pursuant to instructions from postage officers, in stamped envelopes (expensive stamps), on 8 December 2019, have never arrived in Australia by 24 February 2020. It seems Vatican Post is a scam.
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Quentin S
This is not their problem but that of the receiving country. Anything mailed from the Vatican is shipped within 24 hours, just not on Sundays
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Postcard never arrived
I have sent a postcard to my family back home in South East Asia on 4th January this year. Still have not received it until today (19 Feb). From the review written here, it seems that this is a common problem. I am really disappointed in the Vatican Post. Considering the amount of tourists that go to Vatican yearly and spend money to buy their merchandises such as postcards, they should really do ... more something about their postal service.
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S C
It s mainly a problem in the receiving country. Some countries like Indonesia are known for taking 3-6 months to arrive, postmen keep mail behind or try to get money from the receiver. Post from any European nation is shipped within 24-48 hours. After that it s up to the receiving country
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Postcards never arrived
Bought the postcards and stamps in the vatican post office. The staff was very rude and disrespectful. I put the postcards in their mailbox September 3 2019 and now November 23 2019...neither I or my friend received our postcards. I'm beginning to think the vatican post office is a scam
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Raizy S
If the staff was rude, that should be reported. After that, mailing is handeled by Italian mailservice. They collect the mail and handle it. Vatican is only selling stamps, hosting a mailbox.
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Still Waiting on Nov 16
I sent 10 postcards to Canada and 1 to Australia on October 29, 2019 from the mail box outside the St. Peter’s piazza post office with stamps I purchased at the post office there. It was expensive- 3 euros to Australia, a bit less to Canada. No one has received their cards as of yet. How very disappointing, and expensive. The Vatican should not be offering a service it cannot deliver on. I will repost ... more if any of the cards are received.
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A L
Again, the Vatican doesnt handle the mail. They sell stamps etc, have a mailbox, but then the Italian postal services takes over. Direct your complain to them. They are responsible.
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Postcard never arrived
We had visited Vatican city and saw the church on 20th july 2019. Purchased a postcard and posted it I the postbox in the post office after the visit of the church to our dearest ones in Uganda, east Africa. Till date tht is September 4th 2019 the card is not received. Iam really surprised. If the postal department is not working why the way they have post office, staff and the procedure there. Is ... more this a way to cheat the people or the tourists to acquire more money? Never expected and experienced this kind of service in the world. Really very much disappointed Nd annoyed.
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Postcards never arrive
I would have posted sooner, but it took the other reviews here to share our experience. We went to the Vatican in September 2018. We sent 3 postcards to US. One to ourselves, one to my parents, and one to my in-laws. It is now 2019/2/20 (or 2/20/2019) and they have not arrived. We have give up and are very dissappointed. Buy trinkets and stuff like that, but forget the postcards.
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Postcards never arrived
We visited the Vatican with my wife in Nov.2018 and sent 2 postcards back home in Greece, to our home address and to a relative. None has arrive yet (Jan.25 2019). I googled it and read through blogs that many others from all over the world had the same experience, and that the mail never arrives its destination. If only I knew, we would send them through Italian post.
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Vatican???
I didn't know that employees in the vatican were so rude. I have no words. Just ridiculous.
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Cristian M
They are Italian...that s why. No relationship with the Vatican at all
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rude service
Today, I had a really unpleasant experience at the Vatican Post Office, trailer in Saint Peter Square (20-Oct-2018). The person who attended me was really rude and totally unprofessional. What a disappointing and disgraceful experience in a place that is so special to so many people in the world.
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