Gatherings from an artist's portfolio by James Edward FreemanGatherings from an artist's portfolio by James Edward Freeman

Gatherings from an artist's portfolio

byJames Edward Freeman

Paperback | February 3, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1877. Excerpt: ... 119 XIV. GIOVANNINA, THE MODEL OF SARACINESCA. Thirty-five miles from Rome, and some fifteen miles from Tivoli, on the southern banks of the Anio, there is observable one of the higher peaks of the Latin mountains, and upon its extreme summit are seen conspicuously the ruins of an old fortress. Standing upon the walls of this once stronghold, the view embraces an extensive sweep of the Roman Campagna, the Mediterranean Sea, and Rome itself. The dome of St. Peter's, distant as it is, looms imposingly above the ocean-like plain, out of which it seems to rise in misty majesty. North and east of it lies the still mistier city, some of its mighty features struggling into recognition despite the hazy veil which intervenes. Around the ruined fort, partly hewn from the rocks, and partly built upon them in rough, unfaced stones, are a hundred or more dwellings, rarely ever more than one story high. Between these wretched abodes there are passages which no stretch of courtesy could induce one to call streets, although each miserable house has a large, staring number upon it. These communications mount and descend by steps and breakneck grades, winding about the granite cone in the most irregular and labyrinthian tortuosity conceivable. So narrow are these ways that neighbors may stand upon the sills of their own doors and shake hands, or, what is quite as likely from what I learn, they can use their knives upon each other. For two or three miles of steep descent, there is nothing but rock and rolling stones, with such paths as it was possible to construct for donkeys, sheep, swine, and men. The subsistence of this little town, called Saracinesca, is derived from the cultivation of vineyards which lie miles beneath it, near the Anio, or on the other side, equally fa...
Title:Gatherings from an artist's portfolioFormat:PaperbackDimensions:86 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.18 inPublished:February 3, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217837050

ISBN - 13:9780217837057