Maps – when I’m looking at a map I literally feel as if I am reading it, absorbing every piece of information that I can find… The header map is a new addition to my collection. It is one of my all-time favourites – it was designed and created by my friend Bek Cruddace. It’s a fun meander through north-eastern Italy, taking in the mountains, lagoons and countryside of this lush, green region of Italy. I’ve also referenced the history of the area, including the palaces of Venice, Palladian houses of the Veneto and the superb wines that come from the hills – especially the Prosecco sparkling white wine of Valdobbiadene. The map is a means to invite you to travel to this superb region.
On a more serious note, below is a fabulous Relief Map of Northern Italy printed in 1906 by George Philip & Son, London. The map shows Northern Italy with the Alps in the north and the green pastures of the flat plains of the Italian ‘pianura’ to the south. It’s a relief map which means that you can see the variations in altitude of the land very easily based on the colours on the map. For me, it is a geomorphological exercise – where the rugged Alps of Central Europe physically divide the continent into two halves. To the north, there is Holland, Germany, Switzerland and Austria. To the south is the Italian peninsula, Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas. The huge meandering basin of the River Po dissects Italy from around Milan in the west all the way to the Adriatic in the east. Its numerous tributaries join it on a journey of more than a thousand kilometres. You can imagine vast rivers flowing from the Alps, at the end of the last ice age, creating a huge delta or estuary as the river water flooded out into the Adriatic Sea.
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- For a little more on maps and their importance: The Map Room
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