This deck of authentic Italian Cards is known as the Lombarde deck from the French Regional style of Italian playing cards. This deck is produced by Modiano and imported direct from Italy.
This deck is 100% Plastic. 100% plastic cards are typically 20 times as durable as their plastic coated counterparts. Plastic Decks are also waterproof, will not show wear, are resistant of damage during play, and will deal with professional ease.
Italian playing cards most commonly consist of 40 cards (4 suits from 1-7 and 3 face cards). The three face cards in each deck are the King, Cavallo (calvary man) and Fante (Infantry Man), except in the French region which uses a Queen instead of a Cavallo. Playing with Italian playing cards will give any player a wonderful historical perspective on this great country.
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.