Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Italian regions

I hope you’ve all had a nice Christmas time. Mine was very quiet and very nice. For today I want to show you a new cover I have received from Italy, from Pierliugi.

The two stamps located on the left are part of the definitive series “Donne dell’arte” that I have already mentioned in a previous post. This stamp, with a face value of 0.10 Euro, was issued in 2002 for the first time. It has been reprinted several times and if I’m not wrong the ones on the cover are part of later re-print (because of the Sp.A indication at the bottom of the stamp, that was not present on the original printing). The stamp pictures a part of a female terracotta statue from the 3rd century BC. The large stamp belongs to a set of four stamps issued on the 29th of April 2006. This set is actually a part of a series celebrating Italian regions. This series has started in 2004, with four stamps issued each year. The stamp on the cover pictures the area of Puglia or Apulia, an area that is a part of the south-eastern Italy bordering Adriatic see. Here is the area on a map.

As you see the stamp pictures a map of the Puglia region, the coat of arms of the region (on the top left corner of the stamp). On the left side of the stamp is pictured the Basilica St Nicholas located in Bari, the capital of the Puglia. All stamps of the series are made on the same model, picturing the map and coat of arms of the region, and a famous place located in the area. Here is the full set of 2006, where you can see that on top of Puglia the other regions that are celebrated are Piedmont, Tuscany and Lazio.

To come back on the cover, you can see also the very nice Christmas cancel from Bari, the city from where the cover was posted, and also the capital of the Puglia region ! A very nice cover, thank you very much Pierliugi. It gave me the opportunity to discover this series of stamps which I think is very nice and a good tribute to the regions of Italy.

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