Monday, May 12, 2008

Italian cover

I’m back from a 4 days weekend in Rome where I had a very nice weather. Rome is definitely a wonderful city. Naturally, today, I have chosen to share with you cover coming from Italy, just to stay in the mood ;-)
Here is a cover, bearing a mixed franking with stamps denominated in Lira and in Euro.

Let’s start by the stamp located on the left. It belongs to the rather famous and very nice series about “Italian castles”, started in 1980. This specific stamp is a part of the first set of the series. It was issued on the 22nd of September 1980 and pictures the castle of Rocca Di Calascio. This castle is located in Abruzzo, in the territory of the commune of Calascio. It was founded around the year 1000. It originally consisted of a single square tower. Then between the 15th and 16th centuries, there were several additions consisting of four cylindrical towers that are very typical of this castle. This castle and the surroundings have been used several times as a movie set. Among the various movies that have used this place, there is a movie that I really like : Lady Hawke (1985). Also some scenes of The name of the Rose (1986) were shot there.
To be noted that this castle, located at an altitude of 1460 meters is the highest castle of Italy.

The second stamp located on the right of the previous one belongs to a set of two stamps issued on the 12th of June 1971 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Italian republic. The stamp pictures a portrait of Giuseppe Mazzini, with the Italian flag as a background. Giuseppe Mazzini (1805-1872) was an Italian philosopher and politician. He was an ardent patriot. His activities have helped creating the modern Italian state from the several separate states that were, for many if them, dominated by foreign powers until the 19th century. He is therefore a good choice to celebrate the anniversary of the creation of the Italian republic that was created following a referendum held on the 2nd of June 1946, a day which is now celebrated as Republic Day. This was the first election in Italy allowing women to vote !

The last stamp was issued on the 17th of September 2007. It belongs to a set of three stamps, that are a part of a series about Schools and University. The stamp is dedicated to the "S. Pio V" institute for political studies, located in Rome. It features the institute's emblem.
Here is a picture of the full set.

The two other stamps are dedicated to :
- Marco Foscarini High School located in Venice : the stamp pictures a view of the school’s cloister.
- Salernitana Medical School located in Salerno : the stamp pictured a reworking of the iconography known as “Doctor at the bedside of a patient” taken from the manuscript entitled “Galeni in Ippocratis Aphorismos et in Librum Pronosticorum" kept in the National Library in Naples.

This is a nice echo to my very relaxing weekend in Rome !

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