"I miss you very much" Michele wrote to Rina in Rome.
A postcard sent 60 years from Milan has finally turned up at its destination, the Centocelle suburb in Rome, according to Italian daily newspaper La Repubblica.
Addressed to "Signorina Rina Maschisiello", the postcard begins "I miss you very much" before the writer says: "Knowing you like the opera, I am sending you the Teatro alla Scala (as a postcard!). Tomorrow I depart for Venice so then I will send you the lagoon. In the meantime I kiss you a lot, a lot, and then a lot."
The romantic correspondence, which bears a 25 lire stamp, is signed "your Michele."
The long-forgotten postcard was received six decades late by a surprised Roman teacher who is no relation of either of the lovers and whose apartment - bought seven years ago - matched the address on the postcard.
As for Rina and Michele, their story - for now - remains a mystery.
Photos La Repubblica
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