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E.M. Cole

THE IDLER

IN

IT A L Y.

BY THE COUNTESS OF BLESSINGTON.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOL. II.

LONDON:

HENRY COLBURN, PUBLISHER,

GREAT MARLBOROUGH STREET,

1839.

ROLE

VARAN

PRINTED BY WILLIAM WILCOCKSON, ROLLS BUILDINGS, FETTER LANE.

CONTENTS

GENOA, continued.-Magnificence of Palaces, Picturesque Attire of the

Women-The Mazero-Flower Market-Jewels and Dress of the

Women-Visit from Lord Byron-His Abandon in Conversation-

His Abuse of England-His Freedom from Conceit-He dines with

the Authoress-Death of Count Andriani at Nice-Palazzo Serra-

Culinary Operations in the Streets — Death of Lord Mountjoy-

Byron's dislike of Cant-His Affectation of the nil admirari-His

Love of Flowers – His Charity–His surprising Memory-His

Horsemanship-Contrasts of Splendour and Squalidness throughout

the City-Byron decided on going to Greece --Captain Wright-

Mr. Hill, British Minister to Sardinia, King of Sardinia's Visit to

Genoa-Monks in the Streets-Byron's Opinion of Music and

Botany–Church of St. Etienne-Byron's Sensitiveness—Church of

St. Lorenzo-The Sacro Catino-Church of St. Ambrose Misery

of Headaches-Their Advantages – Byron's Constitution injured by

Abuse of Medicine-His Anxiety to be thin—His ascetic Habits-

Lomelini Gardens-Byron introduces Mr. Barry, the Banker-

Doria Palace-Byron's proposed Plot for a Tragedy on Andrea

Doria-Account of the Countess Guiccioli, by Mr. Barry-Byron

and the Gambas- Affair at Pisa - Reflections on Byron's Domestic

Character as relates to Lady Byron-Causes of Separations in

Wedded-life-Byron's Suspicion of Colonel M., a friend of Lady

Byron-His Mimicry of Acquaintances — The Age of Bronze-Don

Juan--Its proposed Conclusion - The Opera—Byron denies his in-

tention of depriving LadyByron of her Daughter-His Emotion and

b

Remarks on this Subject--He writes a Letter to this effect- Always

speaks of LadyByron with Respect—His Imagination more exercised

than His Affections—The Age of Bronze-TheTheatre-Ambrogetti

-No Notice taken of Royalty at the Opera - Byron's Indignation at

some Attacks upon him in Galignani - Instance of his Superstition -

Visit Il Paradiso with Byron-His Impromptu - Political Discus-

sions avoided at Dinner Parties abroad-Political Patrons of Artists

in England - Markets-Flower Mart-Predominant Passion for

Flowers among Italians_Genoa from the Sea — Byron deterred

from writing a Tragedy on Fiesco-His Reflections on writing on a

subject handled by another_His Belief in his Premature Death

His Desultory Reading–His Presentiment of Dying in Greece - His

Opinion that a Tomb in Westminster would not be denied him— His

Opinion of his Treatment in England-His admiration of Mr.

Trelawny - His Commendation of Mr. Canning-His Annoyance

at his own ill-success as a Politician--His Excitability, probably a

cause-Lord Blessington purchases Byron's Yatch, the Bolivar-

Authoress parts with Mameluke to Byron-Arrival of Lady Hast-

ings and Family, in the Glasgow, Ship of War-Instance of

Byron's Parsimony-Visit to the Glasgow - Byron Dines with

Authoress for the last time- His Despondency on going to Greece -

His regret at leaving Italy, and the Countess Guiccioli— Religious

Festival - Procession_Religious Festival at a neighbouring Village

-Parting with Lord Byron-His Melancholy Presentiment 1–94

Lucca.- Beautiful Scenery on the Road from Genoa-Port of St.

Margaritta—Head-dress of the Women— Fire Flies—Italian

Superstition respecting them-Carrara --Its Marble-Busts of the

Duke of Wellington— Massa-Ramparts of Lucca, the favorite

Promenade of the Aristocracy-Their Equipages - The Women -

The Beaux – The Cathedral—The Palace

94-101

FLORENCE.—The Medici- Associations-Architecture-Piazza del Gran

Duca- Palazzo Vecchio-Gualdrada-Her Story-Giovanni Buon-
delmonte-Climate of England and Italy contrasted – Villas - The
Cascine --Gallery-Venus Medici— Titian's Venus-Dancing Faun

- Niobe and her Daughters-Wrestlers-Appolino-the Arrotino,
Heroes of Antiquity-Mercury of John of Bologna-Raphael -
Titian-Michael Angelo--Endymion of Guercino-Parinigiano-

Corregio_Benvenuto Cellini – Gabinetto Fisico-Cosway_His
Paradoxes-Laurentian Library-Church of Santa Croce_Fæsole
- Milton-Galileo-Boccacio-Cathedral-Church of Santa Maria

Novella-Friendship between Boccacio and Petrarch-Palazzo Piti

Luther-Salvator Rosa-Vandyke-Bronzino-Canova's Venus-

Associations of the Pitti Palace-Cosimo, First Duke of Medici-

Eleonore de Toledo-Duke of Ferrara - Cardinal John, Don Garcia

-Countess of Albany-James Stuart-Alfieri—Similarity between

him and Byron-Capelli del Depositi - Sacristia Nuova-Bartolini's

Studio-Love of the English for Portraits and Busts 101–151

SIENA.—Cathedral-Pope Joan-Chiaji Chapel - Earthquakes of 1797

- Popes' Gregory VII. and Alexander III.

151-159

RADIOFANI.-Buon Convento, scene of the Poisoning of the Emperor

Henry VII., by a Friar, at the Sacrament–Lake Bolseno-Brigand

Cavern–Orvieto-Montefiascone_Viterbo-Funeral 159-162

Rome. First View-Corso Mournful Contemplations_Coliseum, by

Moonlight — Duchess of Devonshire-St. Peter's - Museum of

the Vatican-Apollo Belvidere, Pantheon-the City from the

Monte Pincio–Villa Borghese- Capitol - Dying Gladiator-

Museum of the Vatican by Torchlight—The Pope-Cardinal Gon-

salvi — Villa of Princess Pauline Borghese--the Heart of General

Le Clerc-Driven from Rome by the oppressive Heat . 162—182

TERRACINA.-Tomb of the Horatii and Curiatii_Take an Escort at

Velletri – Their Appearance and Fears-Pontine Marshes - Associa-

tions with the Eneid and Odyssey-Castle of Theodoric 182—184

Mola di Gaeta.- Albergo de Cicerone-Site of Cicero's Formianum

Spot where he was Murdered—Unburied Corpse of the Constable
de Bourbon-Basso Relievo by Salpion, an Athenian Sculptor,

184-185
NAPLES.— First View-Campo Santo-Bay-House-hunting-Gaiety of

the Streets at Night-Vesuvius–Engage the Palazzo Belvedere, at
Vomero-Drives-Grotto di Posilippo-Chiaja–The King-Prince
and Princess of Salerno-Princess Christine-Description of the
Palazzo Belvedere—Neapolitan Cooks supply Family Repasts at a
stipulated Price per Head—Sir William and Lady Drummond-
Sir William Gell-Hon. K. Craven-Mr. Hamilton, Minister to

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