Letter delivered 17 years late in Bolzano

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Letter delivered 17 years late in Bolzano
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A letter posted just 500 metres away from its intended destination in the northern Italian city of Bolzano has been delivered - 17 years late.


The letter was signed by Giorgio Holzmann, an ex-politician with the now defunct Alleanza nazionale (National Alliance) party, and sent from its former headquarters in Via Locatelli in 1996, Alto Adige, a local news site, reported.

Posted with a 750 lire stamp, the letter was intended for one of the party’s supporters, who lived a short distance away on Piazza Mazzini and has since died. It contained a membership card for the Alleanza nazionale, which was merged with Silvio Berlusconi’s People of Freedom party in 2009.

Alto Adige did not name the recipient but said the letter was found by his widow on December 6th.

“The fact that there was a letter for him didn’t surprise me,” she told the website.

“In the three years since his death, letters continue to arrive for him...But with this one, I was surprised to see the yellow membership card, with a letter saying ‘I am pleased to send you the AN membership card for 1996’. So I knew something wasn’t right. I then checked the envelope and saw it was posted in 1996.” 

In September, a postcard sent from Ostia, a seaside town near Rome, in 1962, finally arrived at its destination in Brescia. READ MORE HERE.

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