Let us take you back 157 years to the Italy of 1859 with this map from our Edward Stanford Cartographic Collection archive.
The map catches the country in an interesting stage of its history, just before the unification, and still shows the individual states: the Kingdom of Piedmont – Sardinia, the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, the Papal States, etc, all in different colours.
Hachures are used to show the spine of the Apennines and other mountainous regions. Interesting insets show enlargements of the environs of Venice, Genoa and Naples with Vesuvius, and another panel presents the whole of the Austro-Hungarian Empire which then still included Lombardy and north-eastern Italy.
Reproductions of this Stanford’s Map of Italy are available in paper or canvas in different sizes from £10.00