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Italy, Vintage Images circa 1900 (2018 calendar)

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You’re invited to share the Italian love of great buildings, of sitting and talking on a piazza, and of relaxing at gorgeous resorts in the mountains and on the sea. You’ll find all that and more in Italy circa 1900. The piazza is in Sorrento, the resorts are at Bellagio on Lake Como and on the Isle of Capri, and the buildings are everywhere. Vienici a trovare!

Publisher by Tide-mark, the 2018 calendar opens to 13.75 by 20.5 inches.

Places featured in the 2018 Italy, Vintage Images cicra 1900 include:

January

Relaxing rowboat excursions became a pastime on Lake Como as tourists began to arrive there when the Hotel Metropole was established in 1825. The fine summer weather appealed to visitors, and by the mid-1800s, the town of Bellagio enjoyed a boom in new hotels that established the locale as one of Italy’s most appealing, if exclusive, resorts.

February

The columned building on the right gives its name to this piazza in Genoa. The Basilica della Santissima Annunziata del Vastato is the city’s Catholic Cathedral, which was begun in 1520. The Neoclassical façade was added in about 1840.

March

Sorrento is one of the many places that have made the Amalfi Coast so attractive to visitors. This view from Sorrento looks toward the Bay of Naples and the Isle of Capri on the horizon.

April

One of the most noted landmarks in Rome, the Colosseum is the largest of the amphitheatres built by the Romans. Begun by the Emperor Vespasian in 72A.D. and completed in eight years, the Colosseum was designed to present public entertainments and could hold as many as 80,000 spectators.

May

The traditional means of travel through Venice was the gondola. Much like the city itself, today these traditional working craft have now become part of the tourist milieu.

June

This scenic waterfall, known as the Grand Cascade, became a favorite subject for painters. Notable artists like Fragonard pictured it in the 18th century and Joeph Turner in the 19th. Eventually the falls, where the River Aniene drops dramatically in the gorge below, attracted photographers to Tivoli.

July

On the horizon, smoke issues from Mount Vesuvius in this view of the volcano from Naples. The eruption of Vesuvius in 79A.D. buried the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, a tragedy that preserved them for future historians.

August

This street view in central Milan suggests that the city is empty. It is possible, instead, that the Milanese are all to be found shopping and dining in the nearby Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. One of the world’s oldest shopping malls, and named for the first king of the Kingdom of Italy. The mall was designed in 1861 and completed in 1877. It remains one of Milan’s most fashionable shopping destinations.

September

The peak of Mount Solaro is the highest point on the Isle of Capri. There are several walking paths to the summit. Once there, in addition to the views of the gulfs of Napoli and Salerno, visitors can examine the ruins of Fortino di Bruto, which date to the time of the Napoleonic Wars.

October

The market square in Verona, Piazza delle Erbe, is filled with history. At the end of the square is a column that was erected in the fourth century. The Gardello Tower is so old that it was restored in 1368. A bell was added to the tower in 1370 to help Veronans mark the time.

November

The bridge of the Piazza Vittorio Veneto crosses the River Po in Turin. On the hill above is Santa Maria di Monte dei Cappuccini, a Renaissance-style church built for the Capuchin Order and completed in 1656.

December

The Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore is the seat of the archbishop of Florence and one of the largest churches in Italy. Construction of the basilica began in 1296. Work on the famous dome began in 1420. Completion of the world’s largest dome built of was marked by the consecration of the cathedral in 1436.

 

 

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