Roman States #4c (1852)

Roman States #4c (1852)

The Papal States, officially the State of the Church (Stato della Chiesa in Italian or Status Ecclesiae in Latin), were territories in the Italian Peninsula under the sovereign direct rule of the pope, from the eighth century until 1870. They were among the major states of Italy until the Italian Peninsula was unified in 1861 by the Kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia. At their zenith, they covered … Continue reading Roman States #4c (1852)

Italy #382 (1937)

Italy #382 (1937)

The Italian Republic (Repubblica Italiana) is a unitary parliamentary republic in Europe. To the north, Italy borders France, Switzerland, Austria, and Slovenia, and is roughly delimited by the Alpine watershed, enclosing the Po Valley and the Venetian Plain. To the south, it consists of the entirety of the Italian Peninsula and the two Mediterranean islands of Sicily and Sardinia, in addition to many smaller islands. … Continue reading Italy #382 (1937)

Aegean Islands (Dodecanese) #2 (1912)

Aegean Islands #2 (1912)

The Aegean Islands, or Dodecanese, are a group of islands just to the west of Turkey that were occupied by Italy during the Italo-Turkish War in 1912 until the end of World War II.  Although the name means “twelve islands”, there were actually fourteen in the Italian occupation including Rhodes and Castelrosso.  Overprinted Italian stamps were used for all of the islands with two stamps … Continue reading Aegean Islands #2 (1912)