What Is CAP In Italy?

Are you sending a letter or package to Italy but are confused about what to write for the CAP?

CAP is an Italian acronym – Codice di Avviamento Postale.  It’s also called the codice postale.

The CAP is Italy’s version of your zip code or postal code.

It is always a 5-digit number. 

Where Does the CAP Go in an Italian Address?

An Italian address has a specific format. The CAP always comes before the CITY:

Example Address:

Rossi Gianni
VIA GARIBALDI 26
70043 MONOPOLI BA
ITALIA

In Italian:

[Cognome] [Nome]
[Strada] [Numero Civico]
[CAP] [Città] [Provincia]
[Nazione]

In English:

[Last Name] [First Name]
[Street Name] [House Number]
[Postal Code]
[City] [Province]
ITALY

Does Each Italian City Have Its Own CAP?

An Italian city may or may not have its own CAP.

Many larger cities have more than one CAP.
Smaller cities and towns are covered by one CAP.
One CAP can cover multiple towns, cities, or areas.

Map of Italian Postal Zones

The first digit of the CAP stands for one of the 10 main postal zones in Italy. At first glance, it may appear that each Italian region has its own postal zone. But, there are 20 regions in Italy.  

map of italy divided into its CAP zones
Map Credit: Di Karplus – Opera propria, CC BY-SA 3.0

List of Italian CAPs

Each of Italy’s 110 provinces has a 2-letter abbreviation and a 2-digit code that is the beginning of the CAP in that province.  For example, the province of Bologna is abbreviated as BO and all CAPs in the province of Bologna begin with ’40.’ 

PROVINCEABBREVIATIONNUMERIC CODE
AgrigentoAG92
AlessandriaAL15
AnconaAN60
AostaAO11
ArezzoAR52
Ascoli PicenoAP63
AstiAT14
AvellinoAV83
BariBA70
Barletta-Andria-TraniBT76
BellunoBL32
BeneventoBN82
BergamoBG24
BiellaBI13
BolognaBO40
BolzanoBZ39
BresciaBS25
BrindisiBR72
CagliariCA09
CaltanissettaCL93
CampobassoCB86
CasertaCE81
CataniaCT95
CatanzaroCZ88
ChietiCH66
ComoCO22
CosenzaCS87
CremonaCR26
CrotoneKR88
CuneoCN12
EnnaEN94
FermoFM63
FerraraFE44
FirenzeFI50
FoggiaFG71
Forlì-CesenaFO47
FrosinoneFR03
GenovaGE16
GoriziaGO34
GrossetoGR58
ImperiaIM18
IserniaIS86
L’AquilaAQ67
La SpeziaSP19
LatinaLT04
LecceLE73
LeccoLC22
LivornoLI57
LodiLO20
LuccaLU55
MacerataMC62
MantovaMN46
Massa-CarraraMS54
MateraMT75
MessinaME98
MilanoMI20
ModenaMO41
Monza e BrianzaMB20
NapoliNA80
NovaraNO28
NuoroNU08
OristanoOR09
PadovaPD35
PalermoPA90
ParmaPR43
PaviaPV27
PerugiaPG06
Pesaro e UrbinoPS61
PescaraPE65
PiacenzaPC29
PisaPI56
PistoiaPT51
PordenonePN33
PotenzaPZ85
PratoPO50
RagusaRG97
RavennaRA48
Reggio CalabriaRC89
Reggio EmiliaRE42
RietiRI02
RiminiRN47
RomaRM00
RovigoRO45
SalernoSA84
SassariSS07
SavonaSV17
SienaSI53
SiracusaSR96
SondrioSO23
Sud SardegnaSU09
TarantoTA74
TeramoTE64
TerniTR05
TorinoTO10
TrapaniTP91
TrentoTN38
TrevisoTV31
TriesteTS34
UdineUD33
VareseVA21
VeneziaVE30
Verbano-Cusio-OssolaVB28
VercelliVC13
VeronaVR37
Vibo ValentiaVV88
VicenzaVI36
ViterboVT01

How To Find an Italian CAP

You can search for Italian CAPs on the Poste Italiane (Italian Post Office) official website.

If you’d like to find the CAP (postal code) for a city in Italy, read about ‘Finding a CAP for a City in Italy’ with step-by-step instructions and photos.

If you’d like to find out which city is in a CAP (postal code) in Italy, read about ‘Finding Out Which City is in a CAP (postal code) with step-by-step instructions and photos.

Want to know how to address a letter or package to Italy? 
Check out our article on the Italian Address Format – Easy Explanation Plus Examples.

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