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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.

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Natural History Tarocchi

Natural History Tarocchi

Natural History Tarocchi by Ferdinando Gumppenberg, Milan.

Neapolitan Cards Italian Cards 2013

Neapolitan Cards Italian Cards

A modern twist on a classic Italian style of playing cards, this pack created by Raffaele Iaccarino is typical set of the southern regions of Italy mixed with his own style of artwork.

Neapolitan Pattern

Neapolitan Pattern

Neapolitan pattern

Omnia Playing Cards 2015

Omnia Playing Cards

Inspired by ancient symbology and traditional playing cards, Omnia is the third pack designed by Giovanni Meroni, 2015.

P. Buscaglia: Spanish-suited cards

P. Buscaglia: Spanish-suited cards

Spanish-suited cards published by P. Buscaglia, Mele & Genova.

Panorama playing cards 1979

Panorama playing cards

Panorama playing cards included with a weekly news magazine published in Milan, Italy, c. 1979.

Pedro Bosio

Pedro Bosio

Cards of the Spanish National Pattern 'Money Bag' type manufactured by Pedro Bosio, Genova (Italy) probably during the 18th century and for export to Spain or South America.

Pedro Bosio, 2

Pedro Bosio, 2

Cards of the Spanish National Pattern manufactured by Pedro Bosio, Genova (Italy) during the 18th century for export to South America.

Piacentine Pattern

Piacentine Pattern

Piacentine Pattern, several double-ended versions.

Piedmont Pattern

Piedmont Pattern

The Piedmont pattern is a very close relative to the French 'Paris' pattern. The courts are not named, however, and are divided horizontally (rather than diagonally).

Pinocchio 2003

Pinocchio

Pinocchio fairy tale playing cards illustrated by Iassen Ghiuselev for Lo Scarabeo, 2003.

Pinocchio playing cards 1997

Pinocchio playing cards

Comic book drawings inspired by Carlo Collodi’s children’s classic, Pinocchio.

Playing cards in the Upper Rhine region

Playing cards in the Upper Rhine region

Documentary evidence suggests that card playing established itself in Italy in 1376, and then spread rapidly northwards across the Alps into the Upper Rhine regions of Germany and Switzerland and westwards into France and Spain.

Poker Lusso 1975

Poker Lusso

Richly costumed courts on a luxury poker pack from Masenghini.

Portraits of a Lady 2003

Portraits of a Lady

Portraits of a Lady by Lo Scarabeo, 2003.

Portuguese pattern

Portuguese pattern

19th century Portuguese pattern, re-printed from original woodblocks.

Portuguese-suited cards 1613

Portuguese-suited cards

Portuguese-suited cards with dragon aces, made in Italy, 1613.

Primiera Bolognese

Primiera Bolognese

Primiera Bolognese by Modiano, c.1975

Rois de France 1644

Rois de France

Cartes des Rois de France (1644) facsimile edition by Edizioni del Solleone, 1986.

Romagnole pattern by Guglielmo Murari

Romagnole pattern by Guglielmo Murari

Romagnole pattern by Guglielmo Murari c.1920