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Fair Italy, the Riviera and Monte Carlo

FAIR ITALY. THE RIVIERA AND MONTE CARLO

FAIR ITALY. THE RIVIERA AND MONTE CARLO

_COMPRISING A TOUR THROUGH NORTH AND SOUTH ITALY AND SICILY WITH A SHORT ACCOUNT OF MALTA_

BY

W. COPE DEVEREUX, R.N., F.R.G.S.

AUTHOR OF

"A CRUISE IN THE 'GORGON' IN THE SUPPRESSION OF THE SLAVE TRADE"

LONDON

KEGAN PAUL, TRENCH & CO., 1, PATERNOSTER SQUARE

1884

(_The rights of translation and of reproduction are reserved._)

TO

MY DEAR WIFE

THIS VOLUME IS AFFECTIONATELY DEDICATED,

IN REMEMBRANCE OF OUR HAPPY TOUR

IN

FAIR ITALY.

PREFACE.

Fair Italy, the land of song and cradle of the Arts, has been so often written about, and so well described both in prose and in verse, that I feel there is a presumption in my attempting to say anything fresh of that classic land, its art treasures, and its glorious past. But within the last few years a new Italy has sprung into existence--the dream of Cavour has been realized; and, contrary to all predictions, she has evinced a union and cohesiveness so complete as to surprise all, and possibly disappoint some who were jealous of her.

What was once a conglomeration of petty rival states is now one constitutionally governed kingdom. Italy has ceased to be only a geographical name; she is now a nation whose voice is listened to at the council tables of the Great Powers.

The old terms of Piedmontese, Tuscan, Lombard, and Neapolitan, have no longer aught but a local significance; from the Alps to Tarentum every one glories in the name of free united Italy, and feels proud of being an Italian.


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