Four Weeks' Tour from Naples to Milan
Including rome, orvieto, siena, pisa, Florence, Bologna, Venice, Verona, and Milan.
| Naples. The environs of Naples are for scenic splendor unequaled in the world, and include Vesuvius, Pompeii and Herculaneum; the islands of Capri and Ischia; Sorrento, Cava, Pagstum, $ Amalfi, Ravello, Castellamare, Baiae, Lake Fusaro, Posilippo, Camal doli and Caserta. A more extended reference to Naples will be found on page 89.
|Rome (five hours and a half from Naples), once " Mistress of the World," and to-day the most interesting of its cities. St. Peter's stands at the head of all the churches, the Vatican, of the world's museums; and the Colosseum is the greatest of all ruins. The view of the city from Monte Mario or San Pietro in Montorio is unrivaled.
||Orvieto (two hours from Rome) , stands on a lofty height and possesses a magnificent Italian Gothic Cathedral, one of the most famous of Italian churches.
|| Siena (four hours from Orvieto). Rich in Italian Gothic architecture, lay and ecclesiastical, of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The Cathedral, crowning the hill, occupies the site of an ancient temple to Minerva.
||Pisa (three hours from Siena). A very an- cient town, once in the lead of the commercial republics of Italy, and still a handsome city, without conspicuous evidence of decay. The Leaning Tower, the Duomo, the Baptistery and the Campo Santo, all of marble, are perhaps the finest group of buildings in the world.
|Florence (two hours from Pisa). Blossoming in stone and marble. In location, and for its hand- some buildings, fine public ways, imposing monuments and its precious accumulations of the arts of the ages, together with its great historical associations and the courtesy and intelligence of the people, Florence is esteemed as, next to Rome, the most fascinating of Italian cities. The Duomo and Campanile, the Baptistery, the Loggia and the Vecchio, Uffizi and Pitti Palaces and the Church of San Lorenzo ( containing the magnificent tombs of the Medici family) must all be visited, and then one has not seen a quarter of the attractions of Florence
||Bologna (three hours from Florence). The university city of Italy. Two Leaning Towers, the Academy (with Raphael's " St. Cecilia ") and many fine churches will interest the traveler.
Venice (three hours from Bologna). With a picturesqueness wholly unlike that of any other city of Italy or of the world, Venice has afforded more inspiration to artists, architects and poets than any other city of the world can boast of.
Steering in, And gliding up her streets as in a dream, So smoothly, silently — by many a dome, Mosque-like, and many a stately portico, The statues ranged along an azure sky; By many a pile in more than eastern splendour, Of old the residence of merchant-kings; The fronts of some, though time had shattered them, Still glowing with the richest hues of art, As though the wealth within them had run o'er. — Rogers.
||Verona (three hours from Venice). "Go, sirrah, trudge about through fair Verona." ( Romeo and Juliet, i. 2.) The Mecca of all true lovers. The Roman Amphitheater here is the most perfectly preserved one in the world, and this is by no means the most important historical relic or object of interest in this city on the Adige
||Milan (three hours from Verona). The chief city of Lombardy is dominated by the magnificent Cathedral, the roof of which commands magnificent views of the Alps. Leonardo da Vinci's "Last Supper," now almost obliterated, is in the refectory of the Convent adjoining the Church of Santa Maria della Grazie.