Old Calabria By Norman Douglas

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are on a hill - a mere wave of ground; a kind of spur, rather, rising up
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We Are On A Hill - A Mere Wave Of Ground; A Kind Of Spur, Rather, Rising Up From, The South - Quite An Absurd Little Hill, But Sufficiently High To Dominate The Wide Apulian Plain.

And the nakedness of the land stimulates this aerial sense.

There are some trees in the "Belvedere" or public garden that lies on the highest part of the spur and affords a fine view north and eastwards. But the greater part were only planted a few years ago, and those stretches of brown earth, those half-finished walks and straggling pigmy shrubs, give the place a crude and embryonic appearance. One thinks that the designers might have done more in the way of variety; there are no conifers excepting a few cryptomerias and yews which will all be dead in a couple of years, and as for those yuccas, beloved of Italian municipalities, they will have grown more dyspeptic-looking than ever. None the less, the garden will be a pleasant spot when the ilex shall have grown higher; even now it is the favourite evening walk of the citizens. Altogether, these public parks, which are now being planted all over south Italy, testify to renascent taste; they and the burial-places are often the only spots where the deafened and light-bedazzled stranger may find a little green content; the content, respectively, of L'Allegro and Il Penseroso. So the cemetery of Lucera, with its ordered walks drowned in the shade of cypress - roses and gleaming marble monuments in between - is a charming retreat, not only for the dead.

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