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First Days In The Eternal City
My anxiety to reach Rome was so great, and it so grew with me every moment, that to think of stopping anywhere was quite out of the question; even in Florence, I only stayed three hours.
The Antiquities Of The City
There are in Rome two sets of antiquities, the Christian and the heathen. The former, tho of a fresher date, are so embroiled with fable and legend, that one receives but little satisfaction from searching into them.
The Palace Of The Caesars
The Palatine hill became the residence of the Roman emperors, and the center of the Roman Empire, not on account of its historical and traditional associations with the foundation and first growth of the city, nor because of its central and commanding position, but by a mere accident.
The Coliseum
He does not see the Coliseum aright who carries away from it no other impressions than those of form, size, and hue. It speaks an intelligible language to the wiser mind.
The Pantheon
The Pantheon has a peculiar interest in the history of art, as the burial place of Raphael. His grave was opened in 1833, and the remains found to be lying in the spot which Vasari had pointed out.
Hadrians Tomb
Hadrian determined to raise a new tomb for himself and his successors, and, like Augustus, selected a site on the green and shady banks of the Tiber.
Trajan's Forum
Trajan's Column serves as ensign for a forum, of which Apollodorus of Damascus erected the porticoes. The lines described by the bases of a plantation of pillars will help you to identify the pesimeter of the temple which Hadrian consecrated.
The Baths Of Caracalla
You reach the Baths of Caracalla, the most imposing object after the Coliseum that one sees in Rome. These colossal structures are so many signs of their times.
The Aqueduct Builders
There are two places in the suburbs of Rome where these marvelous arches of the Claudia and Anio Nevus can be seen to advantage; one is the Torre Fiseale, three miles outside the Porta S. Giovanni on the Albano road.
The Quarries And Bricks Of The Ancient City
Roman bricks were exported to all the shores of the Mediterranean; they have been found in the Riviera, on the coasts of Benetia, of Narbonensis, of Spain and Africa, and in the island of Sardinia.
Palm Sunday In St. Peter's
Yesterday began Holy Week with the imposing but tedious ceremonies of Palm Sunday at St. Peter's. At nine o'clock in the morning we were in our places—seats erected for the occasion near the high altar.
The Election of A Pope
Time is required for the electors to assemble, from distant provinces, or even foreign countries; and this is occupied in paying the last tribute of respect and affection to the departed Pontiff.
An Audience With Pius X
We arrived in Rome at three in the afternoon, with letters which ensured us an audience with the Pope. A friend, long resident in Rome, who advised us to present them at once, accompanied us to the Vatican.
Dodging The Fakes
Various dealers with whom the Antiquarian has talk have appeared greatly agitated over certain items appearing in the daily press that Americans traveling abroad have been lead to purchase and to try to import fake antiques.
St. Maria Maggiore
We followed the street which ascends and descends, bordered with palaces and old hedges of thorn, as far as Santa Maria Maggiore.
Catacombs And Crypts
It is an awful thing to think of the enormous caverns that are entered from some Roman churches, and undermine the city. Many churches have crypts and subterranean chapels of great size, which, in the ancient time, were baths, and secret chambers of temples.
The Cemetery Of The Capuchins
The cemetery is beneath the church, but entirely above ground, and lighted by a row of iron-grated windows without glass.
The Burial Place Of Keats And Shelley
It looks toward Rome, which appears in the distance, between Mount Aventine and a small hill called Mont Testaccio, and leaning to the south-east, the sun lies warm and soft upon its banks, and the grass and wild flowers are there the earliest and tallest of the Campagna.
Excursions Near Rome
The excursions in the neighborhood of Rome are charming, and would be full of interest were it only for the changing views they afford of the wild Campagna.
The Approach By Carriage Road
From this point we descended, and drove along an ugly, dusty avenue, with a high brick wall on one side or both, till we reached the gate of Florence.
The Old Palace And The Loggia
The eye of Florence is the Place of the Grand Duke—a beautiful eye. In fact, suppress that Place and Florence has no more meaning—it might be an-other city.
The Origins Of The City
Only two considerable rivers flow from the Apennines westward into the Mediterranean. The Tiber makes Rome; the Arno makes Florence.
An Ascent Of The Great Dome
The traveler who, turning his back to the gates of Ghiberti, passes, for the first time, under the glittering new mosaics and through the main doors of Santa Maria Del Fiore experiences a sensation.
Arnolfo, Giotto, Brunelleschi
Arnolfo, sometimes called di Cambio and sometimes di Lapi, was the first of the group of Cathedral builders in Florence. Who Arnolfo was seems to be scarcely known, tho few architects after him have left greater works or more evidence of power.
Ghiberti's Gates
The Baptistery is the most ancient building in Florence. If not of pagan origin it dates from the earliest ages of Christianity.
The Ponte Vecchio
Until the close of 1080 the Ponte Vecchio was built of wood, the heavy masses of timber, tho offering no steady resistance to the stream, dividing the muddy course of the waters into a thousand small currents, and breaking its force.
Santa Croce
Built by Arnolfo, then fifty-four years of age, by order of the Friars of St. Francis, this venerable temple was raised upon the piazza called Santa Croce, where formerly stood a small church belonging to the order of the Franciscan monks.
Victorian Handmades
HANDWORK and needlework were agreeable pastimes for Victorian ladies, and Christmases in the lush plush 1880s and 1890s produced all kinds of fanciful and intricately worked gifts-from crocheted smoking caps for dear Papa to imitation coral card trays contrived for Mamma from sealing wax, whipped up with rice and tapioca.
Florence Eighty Years Ago
There is a great deal of prattle about Italian skies; the skies and clouds of Italy, so far as I have had an opportunity of judging, do not present so great a variety of beautiful appearances as our own; but the Italian atmosphere is far more uniformly fine than ours.
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