of Mr. J. A. Crowe, author of a 'New History of Painting
in Italy', and will be found suggestive by the traveller when
visiting the museum of Naples or the ruins of Pompeii. The
insertion of excursions to the Lipari Islands, Malta, Sardinia,
Tunis (Carthage), and Corfu (Athens) does not add materi¬
ally to the bulk of the volume, and will be acceptable to
The Maps and Plans, which have been carefully re¬
vised for the present edition, and several of which are en¬
tirely new, will suffice for the use of all ordinary travellers.
Heights are given in English feet.
Distances are generally given in English miles. As,
however, the kilometre, the old Italian miglio, and the Si¬
cilian miglio are occasionally mentioned, the traveller is
referred to the comparative table at the beginning of the
volume for their respective values.
Populations are given according to the last census
(1871). As that of some of the towns will perhaps strike
the traveller as being overstated, it many be explained that
the numbers apply not merely to the towns topographically,
but to the whole neighbourhood which politically belongs
to the same commune or district.
Hotels. In no country does the treatment which the
traveller experiences at hotels vary so much as in Italy,
and attempts at extortion are perhaps nowhere so out¬
rageous. The inns of S. Italy and Sicily, with the exception
of those of Naples and a few other towns, are sadly behind
the requirements of the age; but the Editor has indicated
by asterisks those which he has reason to consider compar¬
atively respectable, clean, and reasonable. The charges
in the most frequented places have a constant tendency to
rise, but those of the last few years are approximately
stated in the Handbook for the traveller's guidance.