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Italian Backgrounds

Edith Wharton

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .ty in which velvet robes and caparisoned28 palfreys would not be out of place, and even the villages might have been “brushed in” by an artist skilled in effects and not afraid to improve upon reality.

It was after sunset when we reached Edolo, a dull town splendidly placed at the head of the Val Camonica, beneath the ice-peaks of the Adamello. The Oglio, a loud stream voluble of the glaciers, rushes through the drowsy streets as though impatient to be gone; and we were not sorry, the next morning, to follow its lead and continue our way down the valley.


The Val Camonica, which extends from the Adamello group to the head of the lake of Iseo, is a smaller and more picturesque reproduction of the Valtelline. Vines and maize again fringed our way; but the mountains were closer, the villages more frequent and more picturesque.

The Municipio—Brescia
E. C. Peixotto
BRESCIA. 1901.

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Community Reviews

This was surprisingly the first non-fiction Wharton book I've gotten around to. It started out fun, with our author touring small towns in Northern Italy and offering sly commentary on the places and people.

As always with books of this nature, I found myself Googling the spots for pictures, amazed

This book has been on my bookshelf for a number of years, and I was always going to "get around to it," and this challenge presented the perfect opportunity. The title was originally published in 1905, and it details Wharton's visits to Italy.

I had a hard time getting into this book, since I have ne

I read many of her novels in the late 80s and early 90s. I bought this book at that time, but never got around to reading it. This is a very different book from her novels. I loved it, thought I have never been to the towns see visited or seen the artwork she saw and could not quite imagine what she

very good book, well written, great description of travel and monasteries in Northen Italy at the beginning of the 20th Century