Italia; A Handbook Descriptive of the New Series of Italian Views. Painted in 1853, '54, and '55

Italia; A Handbook Descriptive of the New Series of Italian Views. Painted in 1853, '54, and '55

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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. 1857 edition. Excerpt: ...and handsome. They are frequently broken by. piazze, or open squares; and the Corso, so called because the horse-races of the carnival occur in it, which is the finest street in the city, has side-walks. There are, altogether, 550 streets in the city, and 130 piazze; and, furthermore, Rome contains 365 churches, 100 palaces, 20 colleges and schools of learning, 13 libraries, 20 museums and galleries of art, 12 hospitals and asylums, 7 theatres, 20 fountains, 18 temples, 12 obelisks, and additionally, 100 aqueducts, arches, columns, baths, and other interesting objects of antiquity. Of the churches of Rome, 7 are Basilicas, the Cathedrals of the Sovereign Pontiff--four of which, Saint Peters, Saint John Lateran, Santa Maria Maggiore, and Santa Croce, in Gerusalemme, are within--and three, San Paolo, San Lorenzo, and San Sebastiano, are without the walls. We here commence a series of 9 views taken in and about the city of Rome, the subject of the first of which is THE TOMB OF CAECILIA METELLA. "There is a stern round tower of other days, Firm as a fortress, with its fence of stone, CIRCUS OF ROMULUS--APPIAN WAY. 51 Such as an army's baffled strength delays, Standing with half its battlements alone, And with two thousand years of ivy grown, The garland of eternity, where wave The green leaves over all by time o'erthrown; What was this tower of strength? within its cave What treasure lay so Iock'd, so hid?--a woman's grave." This magnificent mausoleum stands without the walls, upon the Appian Way, about two miles from Porta San Sebastiano, the south-most gate of Rome. It was erected nearly 2000 years ago, by Crassus, to the memory of his wife, Csecilia Metella, daughter of Quintus Metellus. It is circular, about 70 feet in diameter, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 30 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 73g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123691211X
  • 9781236912114