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The Comstocks of Cornell-The Definitive Autobiography$
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Anna Botsford Comstock and Karen Penders St. Clair

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501716270

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501716270.001.0001

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Italy, Switzerland, and Home

Italy, Switzerland, and Home

(p.305) Chapter XIII Italy, Switzerland, and Home
The Comstocks of Cornell-The Definitive Autobiography

Anna Botsford Comstock

, Karen Penders St. Clair
Cornell University Press

This chapter details Anna Botsford and John Henry Comstock's trip to Italy and Switzerland. The Comstocks went from Greece to Sicily on the German steamship “Baiern,” reaching Taormina on March 8, 1908. It was the most picturesque town they had ever visited, and Aetna seemed to them the most beautiful mountain they had ever seen. They then registered in the Berlitz School for instruction in the Italian language. On one of their last days in Taormina, they climbed Mt. Venere, from the heights of which they had a view of chaotic mountain ranges and peaks, a long coast line, and a blue sea. From Taormina, they traveled to Sorrento, Amalfi, Pompeii, Rome, and Venice. They also went to the Entomological Experiment Station in Florence. After their visits to Verona, Turin, and Bellagio, they were tired and found Locarno a good point for resting. On June 10, the Comstocks took the train for St. Gotthard tunnel.

Keywords:   Anna Botsford Comstock, John Henry Comstock, Italy, Switzerland, Taormina, Aetna, Berlitz school, Italian language, Mt. Venere, Entomological Experiment Station

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