Sunday, March 14, 2010

#128 Italy...Thanks Nadia!

The minisheet on the cover was issued in 2009 featuring Italian famous pop singer Mina's song "Tintarella di Luna"

Mina Anna Mazzini, born in 1940, is an Italian pop singer with Swiss citizenship. For the great extension and agility of her soprano voice and her image as an emancipated lady, she was a staple of the Italian television variety shows and a dominant figure on the Italian charts in the 1960s and 1970s. During the performances, Mina combined several modern styles with the traditional Italian melody and swing music making her the most versatile pop singer in Italian music. Mina dominated the Italian charts for fifteen years and reached an unsurpassed level of popularity in Italy. She has scored 98 albums and 70 singles in Italian charts. She gave up public appearances in 1978, but continued to release popular albums on a yearly basis to date.

The o.60 euro stamp was from 2008 Regions issue showing Valle D'Aosta.

Valle D'Aosta is a mountainous autonomous region in north-western Italy. It is bordered by France to the west, Switzerland to the north and the region of Piedmont to the south and east.

With an area of 3,263 km2 (1,260 sq mi) and a population of about 120,000, it is the smallest, least populous, and least densely populated region of Italy. It is the only Italian region which has no provinces (the province of Aosta was dissolved in 1945). Provincial administrative functions are provided by the regional government. The region is divided into 74 comuni (communes).

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