Anyway, the exhibition was divived in "geographical areas", following an imaginary trip around the world.
The first section is dedicated to Europe, which "personification" made me smile, as I found the image of a lady with a gun quite fitting!
The second area was dedicated to Asia, with a peculiar spotlight on Middle-East.
That artwork is part of the legendary Codex Casanatense.
A collection of 142 pictures in ink and watercolours and with short captions in Portuguese dating the XVI century, they are supposed to be painted by an Indian attendant during the trip around Asia of Jesuits or merchants.
Perfectly preserved and fun to watch, they are a wonderful example of cultural interconnection.
This book offers a review, making an effort to show us how the spices looked in their natural form and habit:
Next is the turn of Africa, that unfortunately was popular as a place from where to grab slaves-- It's interesting to note, though, that many scholars where intrigued by these apparently savage locations and its marvellous products and habits of the locals.
But if Africa was considered mysterious and savage, nothing could beat the charm of the new continent recently discovered, America!
--I found the "allegory" of the sunflower quite fun!
Maps started to get more and more detailed, but there was still a huge discovery to do... Oceania.
After this fun travel around the world is the time to visit a bit of Italy; there were reports by popular artists and poets (here is Goethe) but also lots of foreigners who tried to guide their "compatriots" through a difficult and adventurous travel...
And of course a section dedicated to the city of Rome. Not just peculiar spots, markets and the like, but also lots of "practical" guides, like the guide for the prices to pass through the various borders of the cities or the prices to rent a horse or a chariot for the travel--!