Fourth Earl of Orford in Florence - mid 18th Century, at night

from Letter from Horace Walpole to Mary Berry, 8 June 1791, pages 446–447:

I was at Venice in summer, and thought airing on stinking ditches pestilential, after enjoying the delicious nights on the Ponte di Trinita at Florence, in a linen night-gown and a straw hat, with improvisatori, and music, and the coffee-houses open with ices—at least, such were the customs fifty years ago!

cite as

Horace Walpole, Letter from Horace Walpole to Mary Berry, 8 June 1791. In Mrs. Paget Toynbee (ed.), The Letters of Horace Walpole, Fourth Earl of Orford, volume 14 (Oxford, 1905), p. 446–447. accessed: 12 April, 2024

location of experience: Florence


Fourth Earl of Orford
patron of the arts, Politician, Writer

Listening to

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Music of the improvisatori performed by improvisatori

Experience Information

Date/Time mid 18th Century, at night
Medium live
Listening Environment in public

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Thu, 23 Aug 2018 12:11:22 +0100
Approved on Thu, 30 Aug 2018 15:35:25 +0100