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{. 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.

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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

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Remarks on this Subject--He writes a Letter to this effect- Always
speaks of Lady Byron 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

91-101
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-larinigiano-

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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

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 illiam and Lady Dry mond-
Sir William Gell- Hon. K. Craven-Mr. Hamilton, Minister to

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