Antique print dated 1895.
The page is over 120 years old and in good condition.
In order to enhance and protect the page we have set it within a brown frame with mount.
Frame size 400mm x 370mm. available also in a gold frame, your choice. RtW.50.
Entitled – Spezia. View from the Bay.
Below the picture an inscription reads:
Spezia. – From Genoa the train backs out of the Stazione Piazza Principa, and passes under the higher parts of the town. The line follows the Riviera di Levante, and is carried through numerous promontories by many cuttings and no fewer than eighty tunnels. The villages on the route are very closely built, and the houses are painted externally, as at Genoa. Presently the train crosses the insignificant Bisagno, when the traveller beholds a superb panorama. To the right is seen the glittering Mediterranean; on the left, the olive-clad slopes of the Apennines, dotted here and there with villas. One of the most important towns one passes on the way to Spezia is Nervi, surrounded with groves of olive, orange, and lemon, and with 5,700 inhabitants. The Italian Mediterranean Express from Genoa reaches Spezia in about 2 and a half hours. On the last height before the latter town the traveller has a magnificent view of the bay and precipitous mountains (Alpi Apuane) of Carrara. The population of the lovely town shown in our illustration above is 27,300. Spezia lies at the north-west of the Gulf of Spezia, and is built at the foot of beautiful hills covered with luxuriant vegetation. The harbour is one of the largest, safest, and most convenient in Europe, and has been the chief war harbour of Italy since 1861. There is a Royal Dockyard, 150 acres in extent, on the south-western side of the coast, establsihed by General Chioda, whose statue may be seen at the entrance. The Marine Artillery Magazine covers an area of 100 acres, so that the spirit of war hovers over this beautiful district. On the west side of the bay rises the ruined Church of San Pietro, said to occupy the site of an ancient Temple of Venus; opposite is the fortified island of Palmaria. Taking train again, we cross the broad Magra – that ancient boundary between Italy and Liguria – and presently arrive at Sarzana, with its cathedral of white marble and a population of 10,300. Among the mountains to the left, marble quarries now become visible. We stop for a while at Avenza, a small town on a brook of that name. Above the little town rises the old castle of Castruccio Castracani, dating from 1322. On the coast to the right of Avenza is a small harbour for the shipment of marble from Carrara.
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