Giovanni from the Italian island of Sardegna sent me this nice viewcard to my lighthouse collection. The Mangiabarche Lighthouse is located in the Mediterranean Sea near the southwestern coast of Sardinia. It is located off the northwest point of the Isola di Sant'Antioco, marking the 2.4 km (1.5 mi) wide channel between that island and the Isola di San Pietro. It was built in 1935 on a rock whose Italian name is Mangiabarche meaning in English "Boat Eater". The 11 m (36 ft) round stone tower warn of the nearly invisible shoals in the channel.
Poste Italiane issued on October 10, 2008 a promotional stamp celebrating the “Italia 2009” International Philately Festival. “Italia 2009” is a great philatelic festival to be held in Rome, at the Palazzo dei Congressi, from 21 to 25 October 2009.Its organisation is taken care by Poste Italiane together with FSFI, the Federation of the Italian Philatelic Societies and AFIP, the Association of Italian Philatelic Traders. Italia 2009 will include a competitive exhibition open to collectors. The stamp depicts the image La Bocca della Verità (in English, "the Mouth of Truth"), carved from Pavonazzetto marble, of a man-like face, located in the portico of the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. The logo of the festival appears at the right corner of the stamp.