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A Gazetteer of Europe


[image ALT: A large stone monastery with a tall belfry on the wooded slopes of a mountain. It is the abbey of S. Pietro in Valle, Umbria (central Italy).]

The abbey of S. Pietro in Valle, Umbria.


[image ALT: The church of S. Giovanni de Butris near Acquasparta, in a field with parasol pines]

[ 8/17/14: 1543 pages, 2499 photos, 284 engravings,
49 plans and maps ]

Italy: Ten days in Orvieto and Todi in 1993, followed by a 2‑month stay in Todi in the fall of 1994, during which I hiked nearly 500 km of the countryside around Todi, and 8 more months in two stays in Spello in 1997 and 1998, a 3‑month stay in Fossato di Vico and a 3‑month stay in Umbertide during all of which I hiked a total of 1500 more kilometers in the region, provide a good site on Umbria; sites on Rome, Ostia Antica, and the rest of the Lazio; the Marche, Tuscany, Milan, Rimini and L'Aquila in the Abruzzo. Among the back-up material, George Dennis's Cities and Cemeteries of Etruria, Tobias Smollett's Letters, and Gregorovius/Roberts' Latian Summers. My diary covers those 14 months of walks in central Italy in an additional 305 pages with 661 photos, most of which are not found elsewhere onsite.


[image ALT: A street in a small town, with half-timbered houses. It is the High Street in Rye, Sussex, and serves as the icon for England on my site.]

[ 7/2/07: 75 webpages, 119 photos, 113 engravings,
92 plans and maps ]

England on my site means the photoillustrated diary account of a very expensive Christmas holiday, and two very sketchy pages on some of the sights in London — but mostly books written by others: the Cathedrals of Ely, Norwich, Oxford, and Peterborough as presented in 8 chapters of King's Handbook to English Cathedrals; a very good guidebook to Oxford by one of its leading professors; and a section on Roman Britain (with a little admixture here and there of Wales and Scotland) including Ptolemy's map but mostly four books: Thomas Codrington's classic 386‑page Roman Roads in Britain, two handsomely illustrated books by the archaeologist John Ward, and George Witts' Archaeological Handbook of Gloucestershire.


[image ALT: A small unidentified church on a snowy ridge overlooking Mendrisio]

Switzerland: a few pictures of Mendrisio, a small town in the Ticino not very far from Italy. Mostly churches, of course.


[image ALT: a map of the Old World showing the Roman Empire in purple]

[ 6/23/99: 101 pages, 249 images ]

For convenience, since so much of my site is about Roman antiquity, I've provided a separate Roman Gazetteer.


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Site updated: 28 Mar 14