Egypt. Southern Italy. Switzerland

Egypt. Southern Italy. Switzerland

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919 edition. Excerpt: ...glorious with golden ceilings, marble pavements, and ward all their lives. Even in the streets we see at every turn reminders of the part religion plays in daily life. The famous Porta Capuana, the gate that looks toward Capua, is but a picture.frame to hold a huge religious painting. Then, too, in all their holidays and festivals the church plays an important part. It is the I 60 SOUTHERN ITALY ecclesiastical and not the civil calendar that furnishes most of the holidays for Naples. We chanced to be in town on the great day when every Neapolitan who can afford it takes his family or friends off for a three days' dash in decorated carriages to the pilgrimage church of Monte Vergine, near Avellino, sixty miles away. They save up all the year to make a grand display on this occasion. The men of each party all dress exactly alike; all wear gray suits and soft gray hats; the women all wear pink, but put no hats over their lustrous tresses, specially oiled and coiffured to stand the strain of the excursion. It is a strenuous affair, this annual pilgrimage to Monte Vergine. Some twenty thousand people go; some by rail, but most of them by road. They go in every manner of conveyance, from lordly return is like an race. The drivers drive like mad. Mishaps are many. The _ newspapers next day publish a list of acci-0 dents, two columns long, including several deaths and many broken bones. It is always the same; without the accidents, this wild return of the pilgrims would lack its fascination for the pop; ulace. / But Naples is not all poverty and squalor. New, broad, clean, "E-"'"""S sanitary streets have been cut through the dense old districts. Fine business blocks now screen many of the more

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  • Paperback | 42 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236896017
  • 9781236896018