Plain-Towns of Italy: The Cities of Old Venetia

Plain-Towns of Italy: The Cities of Old Venetia

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Plain-Towns of Italy: The Cities of Old Venetia

Plain-Towns of Italy: The Cities of Old Venetia

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The issuance of this volume, designed as a companion book to the Hill-Towns of Italy, marks the second step in the execution of a project which was conceived at the time of the latter's production; and which was confirmed in my mind by the kind reception accorded the Hill-Towns by the public. Eight years, it is true, have since passed; but it was not until four years ago, on laying aside all other business and coming to Italy to dwell, that I was able at last to devote myself to the preparation of this work, -- a work exceedingly more laborious than the former, and requiring far more time for its due completion, both from the nature of the ground it covers and from the wider scope which I have endeavored to give it, but, like the former, a work of love.

From the hill-towns of central Italy I turned by contrast to the great northern plain, seeking, as I had done with the mountain-regions, that section of it which is most filled with interest of every kind. Such is the province of Venetia. It is a daring thing, I know, to offer at this day a book dealing with cities so oft written about as Padua and Verona, each of which, also, requires and has received a full volume for its entire elucidation. They are, however, but a small though necessary part of this work; which endeavors to be an exposition of the whole region of old Venetia, setting forth all its towns and countryside worth visiting, in the realms of history, art, and natural beauty, including the varied peoples and their ways, with references to a good part of the authorities who have at . . .

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