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LETTER LXX.-Sketch of Monte Albano-Shores of the Alban LakeExcursion to Lake Nemi-Pompey's Prison-Museum of Antiquities-Grotto-Ferrata-Frascati-Ruins of Tusculum-Modern Palaces-Return to
LETTER LXXI.—Sketch of Rome resumed-Description of St. Peter's Church.
LETTER LXXII.-Rome continued-Vatican-Sala Regia--Sistine Chapel-Last Judgment of Michael Angelo-Paoline Chapel-Galleries and Chambers of Raphael-Collection of Pictures.
LETTER LXXIII.-Rome continued-Vatican Museum-Library-Garden-Sketch of the present Pope.
LETTER LXXIV.—Rome continued-Pope's Cathedral-Public Festival-Baptistery-Scala Santa-Church of Santa Maria Maggiore-St. Mary of the Angels-Monte Testaccio-Tomb of Caius Cestius-Protestant Cemetery-Excursion to St. Paul's of the Three Fountains.
LETTER LXXV.-Rome continued-Tomb of Tasso-Corsini PalaceMount Janiculum-Fourtain of Paul V.-Villa Doria Pamfili-Doria Palace -Scene upon the Corso-Palazzo Rospigliosi-Guido's Aurora-Gallery.
LETTER LXXVI.-Rome continued-Nero's Tower-Villa AlbaniStudio of Trentanove-Borghese Palace-Excursion to Mons Sacer-Canonization of a new Saint-Sunday in Rome-Spada and Farnese Palaces-Villa Borghese-Finale of the Pope's Saint.
LETTER LXXVIII.--Rome concluded--Festival of St. Peter--illumination of his Church-Fireworks of St. Angelo-Monte Cavallo-Temple of the Sun -Massimi Palace-A Summer Day in Rome-Mal'aria-Ceremony of taking the Veil-Theatres-Academy of St. Luke-Skull of Raphael-Celebration of the Fourth of July-American Consul.
LETTER LXXVII.-Rome continued-Barberini Palace-Studio of Canova-Thorwaldsen-Colonna Palace-Michael Angelo's Statue of MosesStudio of Camuccini-Sciarra Palace-Anniversary of St. John-Palazzo Farnesina-Jews at Rome-Villa Mattei-Church of St. Stephen-Studio of Landi and Cavaliere.
LETTER LXXIX.-Departure from Rome-Falls of the Velino-Return to Florence-Climate-Manners of the People-Public AmusementsCharacter of the Government.
LETTER LXXX.-Florence continued-Productive Industry of Tuscany -Manufacture of Silks-Straw Hats-Public Institutions-Education-Ascendency of the Priesthood-Religious Processions-A Living Saint-Theatres-Opera-The Goldoni-Academy of Fine Arts-Reading-Room-Italian Newspapers.
LETTER LXXXI.-Excursion to the Baths of Lucca-Pistoia-Pescia -Vale of the Serchio-Arrival at the Baths-Scorpions-Sketch of Scenery -Hot Springs-Buonvisi-Count Demidoff-Theatre-Balls-Casino-Cor80-Ponte Serraglio.
LETTER XC.-Milan continued-Forum of Napoleon-Castle-Cam-
LETTER XCV.-Excursion to Ferney-Egress of the Rhone-Environs
AT 6 o'clock on the morning of the 13th, we took seats in the Diligence at Marseilles for Toulon, a distance of about forty miles, in a south-easterly direction. Our own party consisted of five Americans, who had the same objects in view as ourselves. Among the other passengers was a German Countess, whom we had met in a circle of agreeable ladies and gentlemen at the table d'hote of the Hotel Beau
She was going to Toulon, there to embark on board of a French ship of war, which was to land her at Civita Vecchia, on her way to Rome-an odd expedition for a lady to undertake alone. Her conversation respecting the country, whither we were hastening and in which she bad long resided, was highly instructive; while her hospitality led her to impart a share of the provisions she had taken for her journey, consisting among other things of a kind of portable chocolate, made into little wafers and eaten with bread.
The tract of country between Marseilles and Toulon is extremely picturesque. For the whole distance an excellent road winds among calcareous hills, the white, craggy tops of which appear at a distance as if snow-clad. Their steep sides are covered with vineyards and olives, hanging upon terraces, and rising stage above stage ; while between the ranges on either hand, fertile and sunny vales of moderate breadth, and cultivated with the utmost neatness, open successively to relieve the eye of the traveller. Villages, hamlets, and chateaux, soinetimes occupying the bosom of the valleys and at others seated far up the acclivities of the mountains, are scattered along the way and con