I'm getting ready to ship a package to Italy so I go to the US Post office website to check out restrictions and stuff (www.usps.com) and here is a partial list of what I CAN'T ship to Italy.
The following list is real (though I edited out the stuff that made sense to restrict....weapons, radioactive materials, violins, etc)
Albums of any kind (of photographs, postcards, postage stamps, etc.).
Articles of platinum or gold; jewelry; and other valuable articles unless sent as insured packages.
Artificial flowers and fruits and accessories for them.
Bells and other musical instruments and parts thereof.
Clocks and supplies for clocks.
Coral mounted in any way.
Exposed photographic and cinematographic films.
Footwear of any kind.
Haberdashery and sewn articles of any kind, including trimmings and lace; handkerchiefs; scarves; shawls, needlework including stockings and gloves; bonnets, caps, and hats of any kind.
Lighters and their parts, including lighter flints.
Nutmeg, vanilla; sea salt, rock salt; saffron.
Perfumery goods of all kinds (except soap).
Playing cards of any kind.
Postage stamps in sealed or unsealed letter-post shipments.
Ribbons for typewriters.
Roasted or ground coffee and its substitutes; roasted chicory.
Saccharine and all products containing saccharine.
Toys not made wholly of wood.
Italy is now officially the dumbest planet on earth.
And does anyone want to buy my roasted chicory business?