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IN

I T A L Y.

BY THE COUNTESS OF BLESSINGTON,

IN THREE VOLUMES.

VOL. III.

SECOND EDITION.

LONDON:

HENRY COLBURN, PUBLISHER,

GREAT MARLBOROUGH STREET.

1840.

PRINTED BY WILLIAM WILCOCKSON, ROLLS BUILDINGS, FETTER LANE.

CONTENTS

Absurd Regulation—Tyranny-Lord Byron—The Palazzo Guic-

cioli - The Countess — Noblesse of Ravenna - Antiquities and

Buildings-Dante—Theodoric—The English in Italy 38-59

FERRARA. — Tomb of Ariosto Library Manuscripts of Ariosto,

Tasso and Guarini-Will of Tasso— Prison of T'asso-Soliloquy of

Tasso-Infirmities of Genius-Character of Ariosto 59490

Padua.-James Carrara–Gianvicenzo Pinelli-Library–Tomb of Livy,

-Church of St. Antonio--University-Galileo-Columbus 90-99

VENICE.—Banks of the Brenta—Villa- First View of Venice, Canaletti

-Hotel-The Piazza of St. Mark-Enrico Dandolo-The Giants'

Stairs—Treasures of Art-Bridge of Sighs - Palazzo Mocenigo,

formerly inhabited by Lord Byron-Moore and Byron at Venice-

Italian Jew— Marriage of the Doge and the Adriatic--Palaces-

Inquisition — Mad-house — Fète of Santa Maria Tormosa -- Lady

Mary Wortley Montagu-Academy of Arts—“ Home and Hearth”

-Poor Ranieri Manufacture of Glass - Armenian Convent-

Father Pasquali–Palaces—The Michieli—Bianca Capello-Cate-

rina Cornaro—The Foscari Palace - The Rialto

100-209

PADUA-House of Petrarch-Boccacio and Petrarch-Byron and the

Countess Guiccioli

209–214

VICENZA.-Bad Inn-Library-Theatre-Palladio—Churches and Pa-

laces--Church of Nostra Signora del Monte-Rotondo 214–222

VERONA. --Shakspeare-Excellent Hotel-Monument of Juliet-Am-

phitheatre-Principal Palaces and their Treasures-Monuments

and Churches-Maffei—The Libraries

223—241

DESENZANO. — The Fortress of Peschieri — Lago di Garda — River

Mincio Catullus

241-244

MILAN.–The Duomo-Splendid Buildings— Triumphal Car-Arco

della Pace-Public Garden-Ambrosian Library-Lucretia Borgia -

Leonardo da Vinci-Pictures—Saint Carlo Borromeo-Santa Maria

della Grazie, The Last Supper-The Simmonetta-La Scala-

Pavia--Boethius-Dr. Scarpa-Battle of Pavia-The Vertosa-

Benvenuto Cellini—Theodolinda-Gown of the Virgin 244-282

ARONA.—Colossal Statue of Saint Carlo Borromeo

282-283

LAVENO.--Borromean Islands-Isola Bella-Isola Madre-Isola Pisca-

tore-- Return to Milan

283–287

BOLOGNA.–Fête of the Madonna-Church of St. Petronius-Professor

Mezzofanti-Palaces-Fountain of Neptune–The Asinelli Tower

-Library-Paintings-Campo Santo

287-302

MODENA. Gallery Library Museum - The Orsini Palace

6 Ginevra"

Tarquinia Molza The Brothers Grillenzone

Reggio-Birth-place of Ariosto—Cathedral-Church of the Ma-

donna della Ghiara-Library-Theatre

302-309

PARMA.—Maria Louisa—Ducal Palace-Lord and Lady Burghersh-

Steccata Church-Palazzo di Giardino

309-313

PIACENZA.-Cathedral and Church of the Madonna della Campagna~

Equestrian Statues-Alberoni

313

GENOA.-Lord Byron-Mr. Barry–The Public Walks-Ada and Lady

Byron- Il Paradiso --The Opera_Family Group 314--324

THE

IDLER IN ITALY.

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May 8th, 1828, half-past eleven at night. The only melancholy hours that I ever passed at the beautiful Villa Palatina, were those which I spent there last evening. Our kind and amiable friend its owner, Mr. Mills, insisted that our last dinner at Rome should be partaken of beneath his roof, and collected some of the persons we most value to meet us.

Will the same party ever again meet together? The thought occurred to me more than once during the evening, and added to my tristesse. . Alas! who can hope, much less count, on what a short time may bring forth. Death is ever hovering within reach of his prey, and if the grim tyrant spares some, during a few brief

may

snatch away those whose loss destroys all the happiness of the survivors.

years, he

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