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    Default Maps from Italy

    Back from my trip to cultural sites and good wine! And of course I didn't forget about the guild, so I brought back some wonderful maps I encountered during my travel. I hope they can be as much of an inspiration to you as they are to me I'll be adding more when I have the time, and hopefully I'll even get round to take pictures of the maps I actually bought. You can't imagine how cheap antique style maps can be found in Tuscany!

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    These are the first pictures taken in the lovely village of San Gimignano. They show the development of the town over the centuries. Note the towers of San Gimignano, they are not only very popular, but really impressing in real life!

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    This one depicts a local villa. All pictures taken at an exhibition of local history.
    Now that the warm fuzzy part is over we can get back to the ritual dismemberments. Oh wait, it's not Tuesday is it?

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    W.O.W. I was in Italy for the third time this summer, but never seen any map like this

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    Very nice illustrations. I have some guide books of castles with these sorts of pics. They are done so well.

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    Dang, man, I've gotta learn how to draw like that.
    If the radiance of a thousand suns was to burst at once into the sky, that would be like the splendor of the Mighty One...I am become Death, the Shatterer of worlds.
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    My Maps ~ My Brushes ~ My Tutorials ~ My Challenge Maps

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    If I could draw like that I wouldn't work for the damn phone company!
    My Finished Maps | My Challenge Maps | Ghoraja Juun, my largely stagnated campaign setting.

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    Another set of pictures, all of them taken in the exceptional museum of Boccaccio in Certaldo. Surreptitious advertising: This is a place I can really recommend, hilariously cheap considering all the wonderful things it offers! Some of the pictures refused to be uploaded, but maybe they can be convinced later.

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    My favourite. I was really impressed.

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    Plans of the house in which Boccaccio was born (now the museum- the tower is accessible, terrific view!)

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    Some other pretty maps shown in the library of the house. Most of them made by Boccaccio himself!
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    More pictures!

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    Found in a wonderful store for antique books in Lucca. Both show the old city of Lucca with its fantastic walls. These maps were actually for sale, but the right one cost 1000€... at least you see that our hobby is worth something!

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    Maps of Volterra, a city famous for being the centre of alabaster production over centuries, but today obviously extremely popular amongst Twiligth fans.

    That's it for now. I still have a lot of non-digitalised maps I'd like to share, but I don't have access to a scanner until next week. In Italy it is rather common that you are granted high-class tourist maps for free, and some of them are really useful resources, so I hope I can make them available to you
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    Awesome pics, especially the first ones. I really like that style.
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