“There are two Italies.... The one is the most sublime and lovely contemplation that can be conceived by the imagination of man; the other is the most degraded, disgusting, and odious. What do you think? Young women of rank actually eat -- you will never guess what -- garlick! Our poor friend Lord Byron is quite corrupted by living among these people, and in fact, is going on in a way not worthy of him.”
Percy Bysshe Shelleyin a letter from Naples (22 December 1818)
“Thou hadst better eat salt with the Philosophers of Greece, than sugar with the Courtiers of Italy.”
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
‘Poor Richard's Almanac’
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