I agree with teomat...
I too adore this deck; those Italian Soprafinos really are my faves. I dont even think of them as "alternatives" to Marseilles. Take them on their own terms; they´re worth it. (I get a bit tired sometimes of Historical decks not being able - apparently - to get out of the shadow of the untouchable "Marseilles").
These are gorgeous. The Scarabeo Classical tarot has much more delicate, intricate detail in the engraving and sumptuous colouring. But those keywords - again - spoil it. And they´re a bit odd in places (the keywords). The Classical is very similar to the Meneghello Soprafino, a limited edition deck you can get from alida store. Same, delicate engravings. Im on the lookout for another Classical tarot so I can trim the borders off because theyd be a nice, bigger size than the Soprafino. I use them all, Ancient Italian, Classical, Soprafino. A lot.
I love the Ancient Italian deck and it´s my "knock-around" deck I take everywhere. And to be honest, compared to the other "super-fine" two I mention above, the colouring looks positively daubed.
But they´re such elegant decks. They´re how tarot cards are in my dreams, "real" tarot cards, emanating mystery and atmosphere. Im a real Italian tarot junkie.
The Ancient Tarot of Lombardy (another Scarabeo historical deck) is also exquisite. I recently received the Meneghello edition of this, the Tarot "Neoclassico" and it just takes your breath away... Next on my list; the Dotti. Another Soprafino.
The Tarot of the Master or Vacchetta, again gorgeous. But of a different ilk than the others....