Life. Fugitive Poems (Latin). Fugitive Poems (English). Tour Through Italy and Switzerland

Life. Fugitive Poems (Latin). Fugitive Poems (English). Tour Through Italy and 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. 1831 edition. Excerpt: ...and the distant towers of Foligno. Having descended, we entered a narrow gorge which winds among the mountains, along the dry bed of a torrent, and continues for about ten miles. The pass is very narrow, frequently, I should think, not more than one hundred and fifty yards in width; the mountains are high and picturesque, in one place broken and precipitous, and in another, covered with eternal verdure. It is this constant occurrence of mountains, with intervals of rich plains and frequent rivers, that gives to Italian scenery, in part at least, its extraordinary. charm. This fact I realized completely, when breaking from the gloomy pass in which we had been so long engaged, the delicious vale of Terni opened on our view. Traversed by the Nera and its branches, surrounded by mountains of the most varied and interesting character, and luxuriant with the richest vegetation, it presented beauties attractive in themselves, and rendered more striking by the contrast. The town of Terni lies between the Nera and one of its branches, and was hence called Interamna by the Romans. From hence you ascend by carriages provided at the post-house, the price of which is regulated by the govern ment, to the celebrated falls of the Velino, or Caduta delle Marmore. The ride is most romantically and wildly beautiful. It is an almost continual ascent for four or five miles, passing by the side of precipitous descents, overlooking the rich vale below, commanding long vistas through the mounmine, and affording a distant prospect of some of the loftiest summits of the Appenines. You are first introduced to the waters of the Velino, just above the fall, where foaming and tumbling along, they rush with desperate and reckless haste to their inevitable destiny. Next...show more

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  • Paperback | 136 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 254g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236961587
  • 9781236961587