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“In the wrangle of disembarking, I dropped and broke my watch... it was plain that Ischia was no place for the rush of hours, islands never are.”Truman Capote
“Bologna is celebrated for producing
popes, painters, and sausage.”Lord Byron
Life, Letters, and Journals of Lord Byron
“Turin: a residence of the seventeenth century, where everything was laid down to a single taste, that of the Court and nobility. A calm aristocracy has been impressed upon it all…and it is as classic a place for the feet as it is for the eyes.”Friedrich Nietzsche
Letters from Turin
“But the scenery is exquisite, and at certain periods of the evening and the morning the blue of the Mediterranean surpasses all conception or description. It is the most intense and wonderful colour, I do believe, in all nature.”Charles Dickens
“What a wonder it is! So grand, so solemn, so vast!…It was a vision!—a miracle!—an anthem sung in stone, a poem wrought in marble!…They say that the Cathedral of Milan is second only to St. Peter's at Rome. I cannot understand how it can be second to anything made by human hands.”Mark Twain
The Innocents Abroad
“I’m an old Veneto’s fanatic and I will leave my heart here.”Ernest Hemingway
Letter to friend Bernard Berenson
“The silence is covered by stars and the gentle light softens everything again with its sweet tenderness. The growing stillness fills the streets and piazzas like a deep river: and in the end, only one colloquy lives…a vast tremor that finishes: the Arno and the Night.”Rainer Maria Rilke
“Lecce seems as large as Florence in extent, but houses lower…in no part of Italy such a general gusto of ar-chitecture…rich and luxuriant, occasioned without doubt by the facility of working their stone; they seem to show some remains of the spirit and elegant genius of the Greeks who formerly inhabited these parts.”Georges Berkeley
Journey in Italy