Sicily's postal system, Poste, is never going to win any awards for efficiency but sooner or later letters generally arrive. Delivery is guaranteed to Europe within three days and to the rest of the world within four to eight days.

Stamps (francobolli) are available at post offices and authorised tobacconists (look for the official tabacchi sign, a big 'T', often white on black), which you'll find in every town and village.

For more important items, use registered mail (raccomandato) or insured mail (assicurato); the cost depends on the value of the object being sent.