Between 1580 and 1583
Ignazio Danti (1536-1586), a Dominican priest, and astronomer sketched
cartoons of thirty-two maps and plans on the walls of La Galleria
delle Carte Geografiche of the Belvedere Palace in the Vatican
City by appointment of Pope Gregory XIII.
The mini-sheet from the Vatican shows his map of the
islands that became Venice. A number of features are shown on the
stamps, including the name of the islands. Murano was famous
for glassware. San Francisco de Deserto was the residence of
Saint Frances. Sant' Elena was named for the mother of the
Emperor Constantine, who is buried there. Burano was renowned
for fine lace. Torzello was the location of the first permanent
settlement of the islands that became Venice.
design on stamp from the Vatican below is of Moravia, based on the
Mappomundo Vaticano, drawn on the walls of the third gallery of
the Vatican Palace by Danti, and decorated by Giovanni Antonio
Vanosino. The stamp was issued in observance of Saints Cyril and
Methodius, missionaries to the Slavs in 863.
In 1998 the Vatican issued
a set of postcards to commemorate the anniversary of the International
Stamp Fair in Riccione, Italy. Two of the cards feature maps. The
Italia Antiqua map is the work of Luca Holstenio who was asked by
Urban VIII to restore some of the wall maps pointed in 1580-1583 under
region Danti called "Flamina" is shown on the postcard featuring
"Romagna." It is the first know map of this region. The coastline is
finely outlined and three big coastwise vessels are sailing in the sea
ruffled by an easterly wind.
Based on the description of the
postcards by the
Ufficio Filatelico e Numismatico of the Vatican City