Vallombrosa


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Vallombrosa

a village and resort in central Italy, in Tuscany region: 11th-century Benedictine monastery
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(26.) "On a soft / autumn day with leaves of poplar yellow / drifting on the river (a Vallombrosa / of rustling mortality) and on banks / rotting to humus with a scent that stings ..."
December 1095, in Hagenmeyer, Kreuzzugsbriefe, 136); "ecclesiae liberatione" (Urban II to his supporters in Bologna, 19 September 1096, in Hagenmeyer, Kreuzzugsbriefe, 137); "expeditionem," "liberandc christianitatis," "christianorum <ecclesias> possint libertati pristinc restituere" (Urban II to the monks of Vallombrosa,70ctober 1096, see above n65).
Silence is also central to EBB's representation of the sublime Vallombrosa landscape in the hills above Florence, a point nicely brought out by Katerine Gaja in "The Brownings at Vallombrosa: Landscape and Language" (The Journal of Browning Studies, 1 [20101: 37-48), an article which makes reference to "A Drama of Exile," as well as the Vallombrosa allusions in Casa Guidi Windows and Aurora Leigh.
Further south at Castelrotto, east of Lake Lugano and a stone's throw from the Italian border, is B&B Vallombrosa, an agriturismo for art lovers.
Contact: Sister Rosina Conrotto, PBVM, Vallombrosa Retreat Center, 250 Oak Grove Avenue, Menlo Park, CA, 94025.
Pilgrimage to Vallombrosa; from Vermont to Italy in the footsteps of George Perkins Marsh.
Giuseppe Casetta (Roma: Edizioni Vallombrosa, 1987), 113.
On November 7, 1630, Orazio Morandi, Abbot of Santa Prassede and one-time General of the Vallombrosa Order, died in a small cell in the Tor di Nona prison in Rome.
Adam says the dead out on the moor "lie thick as the leaves of a forest after the first blast of your winter" (215) and later makes the reference to Dante even more explicit with a direct quote: "Thick as autumnal leaves that strow the brooks / In Vallombrosa" (216).
The ex-Heinemann Portrait of a boy, which this reviewer tried in the past to convince himself is by the artist, did nor sir very happily in the room of portraits which is dominated by the Uffizi Francesco delle Opere, the equally forceful profiles from the Vallombrosa altarpiece and the full-face Serafino Aquilano (?) of 1491 from the Villa Borghese.
Among the most amusing chapters here is "Milton's Visit to Vallombrosa." Milton mentions the place in Book I of Paradise Lost, when he describes the fallen angels, "who lay intrans't / Thick as Autumnal Leaves that strow the Brooks / In Vallombrosa, where Etrurian shades / High overarch't imbowr" (ll.