¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 In this court are two large cisterns with hansome bronze curbs, reached by three steps from the pavement. Three times a week these cisterns are filled from ships and the citizens get much of their fresh water from there- This Hotel has a ship load three times per week, which doubtless leaves the lower strata unchanged in the cistern. At any rate we are very careful of it-
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 Beyond the cisterns, near the stairway, stands a statue of the Venetian General Duke Francis Maria 1st of Urbino A little farther to the right is the Grand stairway (scala dei giganti) leading on to the first floor, called stairway of the giants from the colossal statues of Neptune and Minerva above.
¶ 5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 On the highest part of these stairs the Doges were formerly crowned Built in 1554, on the site of an older set upon which the illfated Doge Marino Falieri Apl 17-1355 was beheaded in his 80th year as a traitor- This right hand facade has its upper stories hansomely carved-
¶ 6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 From the head of the stairs we pass around to the right and soon meet a row, 15 or 20, of marble busts of the Doges who have successively reigned here- Thence up an inner flight of wide stairs called Scala d’Oro formerly only accessible to those whose names were entered on the Golden Book as Nobili.
¶ 7 Leave a comment on paragraph 7 1 The Archaeological museum (room of statuary) is hardly worth visiting except to lovers of ancient sculpture, nude figures, rusty, discolored and mutilated- On the front part of the Palace facing the sea is a little porch from which we enjoy an extended and beautiful panorama, and beside us exposed to the weather stands a small