¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 Entirely surrounded by a wide moat filled with water, we drove over one of the bridges and into the inner courtyard. The main stairway leads up through the left hand front tower “Lion”—such wide low steps that Horses have been ridden to the top- This Palace has been rendered famous by Goethe, Byron, Tasso, Ariosto, and others, their most romantic theme being the domestic tragedy which occurred in 1425. The Marquis Nicholas 3rd caused his faithless wife Parisina and her paramour Hugo, his bastard son, to be beheaded. (See Gibbon)
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 Byron in his “Parisina” substitutes Azzo for Nicholas, and says the fate of Parisina is unknown. The guide, a little old greasy woman conducted us to their cells, down under the same corner tower called the “Lion tower”, through a narrow passage, unlocks and raises a trap-door, down a narrow stairway into and along a narrow passage, then down through another trap door into a low passage from whence lead the cells of Parisina and Hugo, both larger than ordinary cells but low— through their little square doors we crawled nearly on our knees and look back into the passage through their strongly barred little openings called windows.