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An Easter Holiday in Liguria, Vol. 25: With an Account of the Garden of the Palazzo (Classic Reprint).

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Pages: 40

Language: English

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Publisher: Forgotten Books (27 Sept. 2015)

By: Friedrich August Flückiger (Author)

Excerpt from An Easter Holiday in Liguria, Vol. 25: With an Account of the Garden of the Palazzo

Savona is more than superficially connected with these, for a burgher of that pleasant city, Giorgio Gallesio, cannot remain unmentioned when speaking of our botanical knowledge of those noble economic plants, since he contributed to it a still valuable book, 'Traité: du Citrus' (Paris, 1811): besides his splendid 'Pomona Italiana' (Pisa, 1817-1834). Gallesio rightly traced back their numerous cultured varieties to the few principal species of Citrus: for instance, in his opinion the bergamot is a hybrid between the orange and the lemon. According to him, also, lemons and citrons were cultivated in Savona in the middle of the fifteenth century. Belgrano('Vita privata dei Genovesi, Geneva' 1875, p. 158) however alludes to the planting of twelve 'citroniorum,' A.D. 1369, in the garden of a palace at Genoa. And as to Sicily, agrumi were no doubt introduced there at a much earlier period by the Arabs. Aranci and cedri are mentioned as growing in the tenth century near Palermo ('Amari, Storia dei Musulmani di Sicilia' ii., 1858, p. 445: iii. 787). And Vincentius Bellovacensis, a Dominican monk of Beauvais in the French Dé:partement de l'Oise, in the middle of the thirteenth century, points out, in his 'Speculum naturæ:,' that the juice of 'limonum vel pomorum citrinorum,' termed 'melangoli vel arangii,' is a good solvent for many substances: no doubt in allusion to the citric acid it contains.

Charming as is the country of Savoa, the beauty of the coastline and the mountains westward increases considerably. The stages between San Remo and Bordighera to Nice may be described as the most magnificent portion of the whole Riviera: and if one single point is to be preferred, it is the district of Monaco. But it would be a fastidious undertaking to attempt to separate the most beautiful from the perfectly lovely. In respect to climate, however, a sharp boundary can be drawn. The mildest portion is the strip between Ventimiglia and Beaulieu, or Villafranca, in which, near Monaco and Mentone, landscape beauty and softness attain their most complete expression.

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