Scene at Tivoli above the falls, where the Teverone glides along.

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Scene at Tivoli


The Teverone


This view is taken above the falls, where the Teverone glides along, skirted on one side by the straggling town, on the other bordered by fertile pasturages.

The town has a population of above seven thousand souls, and is the see of a bishop, with several parishes; but it is ill built, and worse paved, and has not any of those later improvements, or rather refinements, which might entitle it to rank amongst towns of modern celebrity.

Cascata,  Ponte, St. Rocco, Tivoli
St. Rocco Waterfall and Bridge at Tivoli (Cascata e Ponte di St. Rocco a Tivoli) by Albert Christoph Dies (Austrian, 1755–1822)

The only villa of consequence it contained (built on the opposite side of the road to the villa of Maecenas, by a Cardinal d’Este,) soon fell into the hands of the dukes of Modena; but its cypresses, fountains, basins, labyrinths, and statues, have long since been suffered to fall into a state of ruin, from which, in all probability, their no longer admired formalities will never recover.

Source: Italian scenery from drawings made in 1817 by Elizabeth Frances Batty. London: Published by Rodwell & Martin, 1820.

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