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Taking the Waters in La Bella Italia

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The Library of Congress’ Flickr page has just put up 100 photocrom images of Italy (chiefly the charming northern lake regions), popular tourism destinations back in the Victorian and Edwardian eras and still popular today.  Soon, 400 images of Italy will be on the site.

Take a mental stroll around the beautiful Lake Como; be transported a bit farther south to the Isle of Capri and enjoy the glowing light inside the Blue Grotto.  

Here is the castle at Sirmione, which still stands, and has been made into an amazing spa on the site of an ancient Roman settlement. They make a delectable prosciutto Panini in Sirmione – just up the autostrada from Venice.  (No photocroms of the superhighway, for reasons that should be obvious.)

Don’t even think of getting into the left lane if you’re doing less than 85 mph.!


  1. Well, I have been saw the Como Lake, in Italy when I have been traveled by trian from Zurich – Milano, in June, 1986. It is a very nice place, one day I will come back.

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