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An American Abroad.
ers cover its fields and gardens, and lie in
masses for sale in the city and about the Our ride from Venice to Florence is com old palaces. It is a sight never to be forparatively a short one, and in the direction gotten. of Rome, which is our next objective point. The city of Florence sprang originally Florence, the capital city, is situated from Fiesole. The inconvenient hilly site on the river Arno, 194 miles northwest of of the Entruscan (town) Fiesole, perched Rome and 62 miles east of Leghorn by rail. on the crest of an irregular height, renOur route from Venice to Florence is dered that town so difficult of access to the through a fertile, picturesque country, but traders who resorted to its market places the loveliness of the country immediately with their various merchandise that it was surrounding Florence makes it the most at length decreed they should assemble at delightful of all Italian cities, especially in the base of the hill, in the fertile plain the spring, when a glorious luxury of flow traversed by the Arno. The few rough