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The first reliable evidence that playing cards were being used in Italy is from 1376, when a game called 'naibbe' is forbidden in a decree, with the implication that the game had only recently been introduced there.

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Il Quinto Seme 1977

Il Quinto Seme

An Italian pack with a fifth suit of “amici” (“friends”).

Il Vostro Destino 1989

Il Vostro Destino

Italian fortune-telling pack produced by Viassone and later by Masenghini.

Italia playing cards 1970

Italia playing cards

Small, narrow cards designed by Osvaldo Menegazzi, bearing a strong resemblance to a Swedish pattern pack.

Italian Playing Cards

Italian Playing Cards

The first reliable evidence that playing cards were being used in Italy is from 1376, when a game called 'naibbe' is forbidden in a decree, with the implication that the game had only recently been introduced there.

Jack-O’-Lantern Tarot 2021

Jack-O’-Lantern Tarot

Giuliano Costa's Jack-O’-Lantern tarot blends Rider-Waite symbolism with the rich and atmospheric themes of Halloween.

Jeu Grotesque 1800

Jeu Grotesque

Jeu Grotesque was first published in France c.1800.

Kingdom of Playing Cards 2013

Kingdom of Playing Cards

Francesco Faggiano has created a pack inspired by Neapolitan cards.

L’Utile col Diletto 1725

L’Utile col Diletto

Geographical and Heraldic Tarocchi cards from Bologna, 1725.

La Cour Galante 1979

La Cour Galante

‘La Cour Galante’ playing cards with erotic images by Costante Costantini, Italy, 1979.

Le Avventure di Pinocchio 1980

Le Avventure di Pinocchio

Avventure di Pinocchio by Dal Negro, based on Carlo Collodi’s famous 1883 novel “The Adventures of Pinocchio”.

Le carte della Fortuna 1975

Le carte della Fortuna

Modern Italian fortune-telling pack from 1975, with designs by Sergio Ruffolo.

Le Carte di Forattini 1993

Le Carte di Forattini

Political caricatures by Giorgio Forattini published by Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, Italy, 1993.

Le carte di Tex 2017

Le carte di Tex

Characters from the famous Italian comic book series, Tex, created by Gian Luigi Bonelli and Aurelio Galleppini.

Le Jeu de la Guerre 1698

Le Jeu de la Guerre

Facsimile of “Le Jeu de la Guerre” designed by Gilles de la Boissière in 1698.

Le Monde Primitif Tarot 2021

Le Monde Primitif Tarot

Facsimile edition produced by Morena Poltronieri & Ernesto Fazioli of Museo Internazionale dei Tarocchi, 2021.

Le Nuove Minchiate di Firenze 1981

Le Nuove Minchiate di Firenze

Costante Costantini's second Minchiate deck, “Le Nuove Minchiate di Firenze”, was published by Solleone in 1981.

Le Ore playing cards 1980

Le Ore playing cards

Caricatures of famous personalities from the late 1970s for the Italian magazine Le Ore.

Leonardo collection 2015

Leonardo collection

Leonardo collection playing cards with drawings from his notebooks.

Liberty 2003

Liberty

Liberty playing cards designed by Antonella Castelli, published by Lo Scarabeo, 2003.