Lombard Towns of Italy

Lombard Towns of Italy

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Lombard Towns of Italy

Lombard Towns of Italy

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This volume completes the trilogy which I set myself, more than ten years ago, to write upon the most interesting cities and towns of Italy outside of the half-dozen commonly visited by travellers in making the "grand tour": a task inspired by the desire to bring to a more intimate knowledge of Anglo- Saxon readers the countless beauties and delights -- natural, historic and artistic -- of the most important of those hundreds of wonderful places in the peninsula which had theretofore escaped the attention of the general voyageur. Thus was born the "Hill Towns of Italy," describing the cities of the Apennines, north of Rome, from sea to sea; there followed the "Plain-Towns of Italy," covering the second most interesting region of the kingdom, -- Venetia; but if I characterise the district portrayed in this final volume -- Lombardy -- as only third in interest and fascination, I shall be met with a chorus of objections demanding for it the first or the second place. The truth is, as I have found, that there can be no real rank amongst those three most alluring provinces of "that Enchanted Land, whose beauty is inexhaustible, and whose boundless interests touch, and will always touch, men and women who perceive the deepest concerns of the human soul."

When we come to the cities of Lombardy, nevertheless, we should stop to remember that -- aside from all those delights of artistic beauty and historical association which are common to the whole three regions -- they have exercised upon the progress of civilisation an influence so unique and . . .

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