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AcountryinSouthernEurope:301,000sq.km.2000population:57,700,000.Capital:Rome
AcountryinSouthernEurope:301,000sq.km.2000population:57,700,000.Capital:Rome
ThechurchofS.GiovannideButrisnearAcquasparta,inUmbria.
ThechurchofS.GiovannideButrisnearAcquasparta,inUmbria. Umbria:

Umbria:IʹvespentsomuchtimewalkingthiscentralItalianregion—

about2000kmsofar—andhavesomanyphotosofitonthiswebsite,

that there are times when I feel itʹs turning into a subsite of the Umbrian tourist agency. The site covers the usual limited haunts of foreignvisitors(Assisi,Orvieto,Spoleto,etc.)ofcourse,butalsoallthe other principal towns — the 92 comuni — and quite a few much smaller places, as well as special sections on the Churches of Umbria andtheViaFlaminia,plusthreebooksbyotherwriters.

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[3/28/14: 696pages,1648photos,plusthoseinmydiary ] Rome: Severaldozenday‑tripstothecity,andafewlongerstays,each of them
[3/28/14: 696pages,1648photos,plusthoseinmydiary ] Rome: Severaldozenday‑tripstothecity,andafewlongerstays,each of them
[3/28/14: 696pages,1648photos,plusthoseinmydiary ] Rome: Severaldozenday‑tripstothecity,andafewlongerstays,each of them
[3/28/14: 696pages,1648photos,plusthoseinmydiary ] Rome: Severaldozenday‑tripstothecity,andafewlongerstays,each of them

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Rome:Severaldozenday‑tripstothecity,andafewlongerstays,each of them seeming inadequate, have collected me lots of material. Anumberofsubsitesareopen:

[11/18/04:594pages,

410photos,170drawings,21plans,10maps]

Likemanyotherareasaroundthecapitalsofcountries,theLatiumis a depopulated area, its inhabitants and its money being drawn to the metropolis. That in turn often means that monuments and churches donʹt get rebuilt, so that we have more ancient buildings which we nowviewasmoreinteresting.TheLazioisnoexception:Ihaveafew sca㍧泫ered pages from some almost random excursions, and a growing subsiteononesmallpartofitthatIʹveneversomuchasbeento. AntrodocoArtenaandLaCivitaBomarzo Civita Castellana GaetaLeonessaOrteOstiaAnticaRietiViterbo

[10/23/12:53pages,2maps,132photos,

plusthoseinmydiary]

TheMarche are tucked out of the way, so that the casual traveller to Italy, and certainly those who scramble from Venice to Florence to Rome to look at famous things, will never see them. At best theyʹll crosstheregiononatrain,ornipthruapieceofitaccidentallybycar. Yet it is a beautiful part of Italy, and there is a saying — carefully fostered by the regional tourism authorities — that to see the Marche is to see all the country has to offer, in one place. Well, li㍧泫le by li㍧泫le,

Iʹmge㍧泫ingtoknowthe4provinces:

[3/27/08:36pages,80photos,plusthoseinmydiary]

Tuscany:Aten‑daytriparoundNewYearʹs1997andacoupleoflater

sortiesprovidedmewithafewrollsofgoodpicturesandasuitcaseof

books.Typically,IdidnʹtgotoFlorence,PisaorSiena;insteadyouwill

beseeingsmallsitesonsomeofthemanylesserbutequallybeautiful

townsintheregion:

Anghiari Arezzo • Caprese Michelangelo • Empoli • Forte dei Marmi • Massa Mari㍧泫ima Orbetello Pierle Pitigliano • S. Gimignano • S. Miniato al Tedesco • Sansepolcro Talamone VetuloniaVolterra

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[2/17/07: 93pages,87photos;plusthoseinmydiary ] Emilia‑Romagna: A few sca㍧泫ered brief visits, so a correspondingly
[2/17/07: 93pages,87photos;plusthoseinmydiary ] Emilia‑Romagna: A few sca㍧泫ered brief visits, so a correspondingly
[2/17/07: 93pages,87photos;plusthoseinmydiary ] Emilia‑Romagna: A few sca㍧泫ered brief visits, so a correspondingly
[2/17/07: 93pages,87photos;plusthoseinmydiary ] Emilia‑Romagna: A few sca㍧泫ered brief visits, so a correspondingly

[2/17/07:93pages,87photos;plusthoseinmydiary]

Emilia‑Romagna: A few sca㍧泫ered brief visits, so a correspondingly smallsite;mostofitisdevotedtoRimini and its Roman monuments, butthereissomematerialonotherplacesaswell.

[9/12/07:18pages,26photos]

Veneto:Just2daysintheregion,sohardlyabigsite;still,somepages

[6/20/12:10pages,22photos,4maps,2otherillustrations]

Milan: The same Christmas vacations that are slowly producing the Tuscany site will also give you the glorious roof of the cathedral of Milan and much more. For now, Iʹve started with the Basilica of S.Ambrogioandthecelebratedamphitheatre.

[11/23/99:12pages,25photos,1engraving]

LʹAquila: For now, a li㍧泫le placeholder site — and it may never be much more, since so far Iʹve spent all of 24 hours in the Abruzzo — butthephotosaregood.

[4/7/09:2pages,17photos]

TopicalPagesandTravelersʹAccounts

2pages,17photos ] TopicalPagesandTravelersʹAccounts If youʹre interested in churches, you can cut across all
2pages,17photos ] TopicalPagesandTravelersʹAccounts If youʹre interested in churches, you can cut across all

If youʹre interested in churches, you can cut across all the pages listed above and just browse my small collection of Churchesof Italy: a reminder that yes, anything fewer than 5000 churches shouldbeconsideredasmallsample.

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39waysideshrinesin29pages]

Italiandiary: The raw material for all these Italian pages. Since I often travel on foot, this informal approach includes details that could be useful if youʹre planning a trip or a bike tour. Illustrated with photos that most of the time donʹt appear anywhere else yet onmysite,itisalsopartlyindexed,andlinkedtomyownsubsites

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asIputtheseonline,aswellastothebe㍧泫erexternalsites.

 
 

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Tobias Smolle㍧泫ʹs Travels through France and Italy are an entertaining read, although itʹs hard to

Tobias Smolle㍧泫ʹs Travels through France and Italy are an entertaining read, although itʹs hard to say whether Italy or the author comes off worse in them. Iʹve ignored the French portion altogether, but Le㍧泫ers 25‑35 that form the full account of the doctorʹs Italian tour in the fall of 1764 are now onsite, illustrated withmyownphotos,andoccasionallyannotated:whatʹsanauthor for,ifnottobedisagreedwith?

 

[10/21/00:11pages,12photosnotelsewhereonsite]

GeorgeDennisʹs CitiesandCemeteriesofEtruria (1848) was one of the first English‑language books on Etruscan

GeorgeDennisʹsCitiesandCemeteriesofEtruria (1848) was one of the first English‑language books on Etruscan monuments; and although there have since been 150 years of excavations and research, this careful observer remains an extremely valuable source of information: certainly, an indispensable tool to anyone travelingcentralItalyinsearchoftheEtruscans.

 

[1165ppofprintpresentedin64webpages;

107engravings,2plans,6maps;

4photosofmyown,notelsewhereonsite]

TheRulersoftheSouth— Sicily•Calabria•Malta is a history of Southern Italy from prehistory down to the sixteenth

TheRulersoftheSouth—Sicily•Calabria•Malta is a history of Southern Italy from prehistory down to the sixteenth century, an excellent readable overview faithfully based on the old sources. It combines military history with an atmospheric portrayal of Sicily inparticular,wheretheauthorlivedformanyyears.

 

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123lithogravuresorphotosand3maps]

 

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