¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 This plain ever since leaving Milan has been divided off into little square patches of a few acres each, by rows of small trees, much like a checkerboard, beautiful in extent.
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 Now running east along the base of the low ranges whose sides are covered with villas and villages, while upon our right stretches the level prairie, another hour brings us to Brescia, another considerable city (over 40000.) very similarly, cituated [sic] to Bergamo conspicuously climbing the slopes, while the roads may be easily traced from the city by the rows of house (one above another) stretching along the hills in nearly parallel lines-
¶ 5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 Next Lunato , a picturesque old town upon the slope just above the plain, its old fortification wall still standing all around the city and from whose high tower Napoleon 3rd witnessed the decisive battle of Solferino on the plain at our right, where the French and Italians June 24-1859 defeated 140,000 Austrians, leading to the “peace of Villafranca”
¶ 6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 Next reach Peschiera upon the largest of the Italian lakes, Di Garda, whose deep blue waters are bounded on all sides with mountains except this wide end, south, which unites with the plain and where, on each side of the Mincio, scattered over the plain are several strong forts, one of the corners of the “quadrilateral” by which Austria so long held possession of Venetia, now a part of Italy since the aforesaid “peace”-
¶ 7 Leave a comment on paragraph 7 0 At 1 ½ P.M. we reach the city of Verona where we see the strongest corner of the great quadrilateral, more and stronger forts scattered over the level plain, in reach of each