Italy by John Cam HobhouseItaly by John Cam Hobhouse


byJohn Cam Hobhouse

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1859. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII. The Banks Of The Brenta--Venice. The river looks like a canal between high banks, and is not easily distinguished from one or two artificial streams, equally large, that intersect the Paduan flats. Innumerable villas, and now and then a gondola, announce the approach to the capital. A little beyond the post town of Dolo, the road, a noble work of the French government,* leaves the banks of the river, and leads to Mestre, the principal port on the Great Lagune. Here, late in a November evening (in 1816), we got into a large gondola, and pushed off for Venice. We had just light enough to see on our left the fortifications raised by Napoleon, and having delivered up our passports at a guard house, and after being stopped by a Custom House boat, we rowed on between low embankments, and long lines of stakes, for nearly an hour and a half, until we found ourselves amongst the lights which we had, for some time, seen at a distance; and, through the loopholes of our black cabin, we discerned that we were gliding under lofty buildings, by the side of long quays. The echoes of our oars told us we were under a bridge, and one of our boatmen exclaimed " The Biai/to !" We soon landed. Our hotel was a palace in decay (Mr. Simond has given a plan of it), with a magnificent marble staircase, a yast saloon, and numerous apartments, of faded frescoes, dusky gilding, and silk hangings in tatters. Similar symptoms of the recent ruin of this extraordinary state were, as we afterwards found, to be seen in every quarter of the city. * I traversed, in 1845, this tract by the railroad, which has rendered this work useless--I mean the road, and perhaps might add the description of it. The pictures of Venice which represent the Piazzetta or any of the great quays do not convey a ...
Title:ItalyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:180 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.41 inPublished:August 9, 2009Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217227147

ISBN - 13:9780217227148