Hill Towns of Italy

Hill Towns of Italy

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Hill Towns of Italy

Hill Towns of Italy

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Central Italy is the most interesting country in the world. It includes not merely Rome, that made on her seven hills for twenty centuries the history of the Aryan race, and Florence, the beautiful reviver of the race's energies and accomplishments; but it includes also that wonderful region of mountains extending between those cities for one hundred and fifty miles, reaching from the Mediterranean to the Adriatic. On the lofty summits of those Apennines were perched the hundred cities of the Etruscans before Rome was founded, disseminating a high civilization, controlling by their powerful confederation the peninsula of Italy and the waters of the sea; behind their battlements only rested the remains of civilization when the Empire of Rome had fallen; in their churches and monasteries flickered the feeble light of learning through the ensuing dark ages, first beginning to glow again when these hill towns threw off the yoke of Frank and German to constitute themselves free and independ-

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