¶ 2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 The plain soon contracts and we enter the low irregular ranges of the Appenines. For a short distance we follow the valley of the Reno then we begin to cross short crooked valleys, run under mountain spurs seemingly more than half of the time under ground, for within a distance of forty miles, to Pistoja [sic] on the other side, we run through fifty tunnels many of them from one to two miles long. Before emerging on the south, a quarter of a mile makes the difference, from half a foot of snow to grassy fields.
¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 Near Pistoja B.C. 62 Cataline [sic] was defeated and slain, and in the middle ages the Guelphs and Ghibellines centered here with their fierce struggles- A city of 12000, it is said that Pistols were first invented here and derived their name-
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 Thence through a rolling country damp and uninterresting we reach the considerable town of Prato 35000 celebrated for good bread and straw plaiting- Darkness closes our views and eyes and at 7 ½ P.M. we reach Florence. A mile to Hotel Washington by request of the Cs, where we feel easier again to find a milder climate.
¶ 5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 8th [December 1870] An all day drizzling rain has given me a chance to finish up within doors, and also being a fête day of some kind has closed the shops against the ladies’ sightseeing, resting- and this morning a large part of the noble spanish delegation of over a hundred person [sic] has returned to Spain after having had awarm reception and grand ovations from the Florentine s for honoring Italy in electing their countryman and citizen Amedio Second Son of King Victor Emanuel, as King of Spain under the title of Amedio 1st He is a thoughtfull [sic] and respectful young man of 26 years, married, with one child but a few days old