Thayer or as indicated. If you find a mistake though, please let me know! This offers special interest to the traveller just now, from the fact of the recent annexation of these Papal States by the kingdom of Italy.
It is safest to travel by vetturinothat essentially national institution which may too soon have ceased to exist, as the iron way spreads in Italy. It gives chances of becoming acquainted with interesting localities and their people, neither the stage coach, plying daily between Rome and Perugia, nor the railway Storia del borghetto latino dating afford.
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Those who have visited Veii and Castellana can realise what this curious formation looks like; it is quite unlike any other in Latium. The Tiber at Storia del borghetto latino dating accompanied us, winding beautifully through level fields, mountains rising grandly from its banks.
Peter, although it is a mistake to credit the Empress Matilda with its bestowal on the See of Rome. This Patrimony of St. Peter was the oldest of the Papal possessions. While the Carlovingian dynasty held rule, the Popes enjoyed the suzerainty over all the other towns of Tuscany, ruling them by rectors or Duces Comitis. When
Storia del borghetto latino dating Empress Matilda reigned, the Bishops of Rome possessed neither territory nor political influence in either the Sabina or Tuscany.
Small and inconsiderable as it is, Rignano, c like so many little towns in Romagna, gives a title to a great family. The eldest son of
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These guardians Storia del borghetto latino dating described as very autocratic; they regarded with suspicion everything emanating from Rome. They were about to cross the Tiber; some testified to having seen their encampment. The townsfolk here were living in dread of such excesses as had occurred in Naples. The movements of the reported Zouaves had caused the despatch of those
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This mountain — immortalised by Virgil and by Horace — stands in Storia del borghetto latino dating heart of Tuscany, yet is visible from Rome. It rises from the plain, a rugged mass of reddish limestone, lifting its sharp and beautifully defined crest far above the Tiber. Archaeologists recognise it as the shrine of ancient pagan gods, and
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Pope Sylvester, that lucky Pontiff who baptized the Emperor Constantine in the Baptistery of the Lateran, receiving in return — the legend has it — not merely the city of Rome and Italy, but the whole of the Western world in recompense — how long did the belief in that absurd donation last? It was famed as being the oldest existing in Romagna. He forsook Soracte for the still more beautiful Monte Cassino, in order to from the incessant incursions of the French nobles who were bound to stop at the Monastery for rest
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Many other convents were established on Soracte, most which have now been destroyed. In one of them — St. Andrea — near the foot of the mountain, the monk Benedict wrote his important yet barbarous History — or Chronicle — in the tenth century. This borderland of Sabina was a very stronghold of the Benedictines.
Their ancient Monastery, Farfa, is still standing on the further side of the Tiber. Farfa was a famous Imperial and Ghibelline Convent under the Lombard kings. The German Emperors frequently utilised it for defensive purposes. The Teuton regards Soracte with the more interest from its association with the journeys to Rome so often made by his Emperors during the pontificate of Pope Gregory.
The very road they traversed remains
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Oreste, which nestles so invitingly on the very summit of the mountain. Archaeologists allege that the famous Temple of Feronia once stood there, and that the town, now
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Edistio, corrupted to St.
Oreste; but it is more likely that the name came from that of the mountain itself — Soracte — which, during the darkness of the Middle Ages, was Storia del borghetto latino dating that of an apocryphal saint. During the Middle Ages, when the inroads of the Saracens rendered this region insecure they destroyed the Monastery of Farfa on one occasionthe ancient town of Faleriistanding in a strong Storia del borghetto latino dating on a rock where the present town is now placed, was made available for defence and once more occupied under the name of Civita Castellana.
Its old stronghold became the residence of powerful nobles, and is often named in the records of successive Popes. Like the other Storia del borghetto latino dating in the "patrimony," it has been the seat of an archbishop from early days. The Cathedral of Sta. Maria has a Romano-Gothic vestibule and portal, curious specimens of thirteenth-century architecture, with their round arched windows and vaultings.
The pillars and mosaics are Romanesque. The town has no municipal relics. Visitors may still remember the famous robber chief Gasparone, whom they may have seen when he was imprisoned here. He was a near relation of Cardinal Antonelli. He asked the bandit how many men he had caused to be murdered. The Storia del borghetto latino dating soldiers described their banishment to this remote spot as being most ennuyant and sad.
They also complained of the sourness of the wine, and its want of strength. Civita Castellana, being at the junction of many important highways, seems to be much frequented by travellers. Old Storia del borghetto latino dating Tiber winds charmingly through a spacious and glorious valley, the Sabine Mountains standing all round it; the gleaming white towns on their heights are now filled with Lombard and Piedmontese troops. So far, ships have ascended the Tiber to this bridge.
Quite a brisk trade had been carried on until the long drought of the present summer lowered the stream, and at present only an occasional coal barge may be seen upon it, or moored to its banks. Just in the middle of the bridge, above the inscription to Pope Sixtus, the French flag was The jurisdiction of the present successor to so long and world-renowned a dynasty of Popes ends there.
At the other extremity of this bridge hung two Italian standards — they hung disconsolately from the lances supporting them, while withered laurel-leaves were still crowning them. There was not a sufficient breeze to stir these ensigns, and the Italian and French tricolours seemed to regard each other very doubtfully.
In a hut close by, big, broad-shouldered Piedmontese Guards kept watch and ward over their three-coloured ensign, with its inexorable green stripe. These powerful-looking, big fellows looked solemn and suspicious when they demanded my passport in a patois which offended my ears, so long used to
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The panorama seen from this bridge was most extensive and beautiful. The people are a strong, honest, patriarchal race; primitive and untaught for the most part. The character of this district is quite unlike that of Latium, with its sunny southern aspect.
Here found the head of Jupiter, now in the Vatican Museum. Here the celebrated Arnoldo of Brescia was taken by the followers of Barbarossa, to be first incarcerated, then given over to the tender mercies of the Cardinals, and finally to be executed in Rome.
He experienced the fate that Italy might hope for now under Papal rule. Otricoli is called an Umbrian town, though the boundary is invisible, and it is in the Legation of Spoleto. Here we entered that strong and ancient Storia del borghetto latino dating. So far the only evidence of the new order of things had been the display Storia del borghetto latino dating the flag, while the arms of Savoy were newly painted up at conspicuous corners.
Here with found Piedmontese grenadiers, lancers, and bersaglieri everywhere; the last, in their peaked hats, cocks' feathers, and short blue cloaks, looked figures fit for the stage. The National Guards increased in numbers as the Roman boundary receded, till at last the "Regulars" disappeared almost entirely.
It is one of the oldest cities in Umbria; its position is very fine just where the Nera, hastening away from its dark bed, enters a wide and ground valley through which it takes its course. This bursts on our view suddenly to the right, with mountains on each side of it, the bold arches of the ancient Roman bridge spanning the torrent to the left. Narni,
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The bridge fell into decay in the twelfth century.
That it no longer existed during the dynasty of the Hohenstaufens is proved by the fact that Parcival Doria — Tancred's General of Horse — was drowned in an attempt to swim his steed across the Nera, both man and horse being in full panoply at the time. As it would have cost more to repair the ancient bridge than to build a new one, the present bridge g was erected in a less dangerous position than its predecessor. The reference to Tancred's general recalls another notable personage whose prestige is maintained at Narni.
Just in front of the cathedral stands a bronze statue by Donatello — the first of its kind produced by the Italian Renaissance. He was a native of Narni, by name Erasmus. The Storia del borghetto latino dating are the sole surviving patrician family now left at Narni, where they live in the old family Palazzo.
Such a man must find living in a small and forsaken town like this all the more unendurable, if is an accomplished and intellectual person.
This turned out to be a photographic studio, heated to the temperature of a forcing house, and well-nigh insupportable. His attempts were scarcely such as to induce me to sacrifice myself on the altar of dilettantism, though the camera was placed on a floor inlaid beautifully with black and white marbles.
When we quitted Narni, a land of green hills, olive groves, and smiling villages, with brimming Storia del borghetto latino dating to refresh the vegetation, lay before us. The country folk speak with a certain musical cadence. It is easy to understand how a school of painting should have flourished here, where charming subjects abound, and every form of beauty surrounds the artist and inspires his pencil.
This Umbria is the stepping-stone between the south and the still finer land of Tuscany. Many important palaces prove it to be the residence of rich and important families, while its political situation
Storia del borghetto latino dating it rather a lively place just now. Being larger than Narni — nearly as large as Spoleto — it possesses a good deal of importance. The Italianising of the town was very evident. The witty melon merchant had, no doubt, good reasons for it.
In the Papal States nature also reproduces the colours symbolising the powers that be — and more especially when they may be discovered in a stale egg cut in two.