As you may know, the Modiano brand is synonymous with quality and excellence, mainly due to its rich 140+ year history producing and manufacturing some of the best playing cards in the world. But what you may not know is that Modiano is also a leading manufacturer of Italian Playing Cards as well.

These Authentic Italian Decks are 100% plastic and stay true to their rich Italian heritage in how they are designed. Of course any Italian deck would make a great gift for anyone, but for those more interested in the stylistic differences of Italian regional decks, below are brief descriptions of each.

With so many different regional styles to choose from, some people ask which is the "right" one. The answer is, "Whichever looks the best to you." The differences in the regional decks are only stylistic. A game of Scopa or Briscola will play the same no matter which regional deck you choose!



Northern Italian Regional Style Map

Northern Italian Regional Style

INCLUDES: Triestine, Trevigiane, Bergamasche, Belot, and Bresciane

The Northern Italian Playing Card decks are primarily played in the north eastern portion of the country. They feature the Spanish style suits of coins, cups, swords and batons (also known as clubs). There are 40 cards in the deck. This regional style features dark reds, blues and yellows on the face of the card. The face drawings typically use solid colors absent of shading with solid block type coloring. The actual card sizes tend to be narrow relative to other regions and especially narrow compared to traditional US playing cards.

 
Spanish Regional Style Map

Spanish Regional Style

INCLUDES: Napoletane, Sarde, Siciliane, Piacentine, and Romagnole

The Spanish style decks are primarily used in the southern half of the country including the island of Sicily. They feature the Spanish style suits of coins, cups, swords and batons (also known as clubs). There are 40 cards in each deck. This regional style features a full range of colors. The images are full with ornate details and the use of shading gives the playing cards a life like appearance. The actual card sizes tend to be wider than the northern Italian cards, but are still a little smaller than their US counterparts.

 
French Regional Style Map

French Regional Style

INCLUDES: Genovisi, Lombarde, Piemontesi, and Toscane

The French style decks are primarily used in the north western half of the country. They feature the French style suits of spades, clubs, hearts and diamonds. There are 40 cards in each deck. This regional style features a full range of colors to depict the face cards. However, the 1-7 are depicted in solid single colors. The French style cards are similar to the US version of playing cards as they share the same suit pattern. Both also use a queen instead of a Cavallo. The actual card sizes tend to be wider than the northern Italian cards, but are still a little smaller than their US counterparts.

 
German Regional Style Map

German Regional Style

INCLUDES: Salzburger

The German style decks are primarily used in the Province of Bolzano. They feature the German style suits of heart, bells, acorns and leaves. There are 40 cards in each deck. This regional style features a full range of colors to depict the face cards as well as the 1-7. The 1-7 are depicted with an interesting scenic background below the pips. The German style cards tend to be wider and taller than their northern Italian cards. The cavallo and fante are very similar and can only be distinguished by the placement of the suit on the playing card (a suit placed at or above the head is the higher rank, while the suit placed below the head is considered the lower ranked playing card). This is a very fun entertaining deck of cards given the beautiful landscapes and interesting pictures.