excerpt from 'Italy Volume 2' pp. 405-406 (156 words)

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Of the Conversazioni of the Berio Palace, it is enough to say, that its circle comprised, when we were at Naples—Canova, Rosetti (the celebrated poet and improvisatore), the Duke de Ventignano (the tragic poet of Naples), Delfico (the philosopher, patriot, and historian), Lampredi and Salvaggi (two very elegant writers, and accomplished gentlemen), Signor Blanc (one of the most brilliant colloquial wits of any country […]), and the Cavaliere Micheroux […] While Duchessas and Principessas, with titles as romantic as that which induced Horace Walpole to write his delightful romance of " Otranto," filled up the ranks of literature and talent,—ROSSINI presided at the piano-forte, accompanying alternately, himself, Rosetti in his improvisi, or the Colbrun, the prima donna of San Carlos, in some of her favourite airs from his own Mosé. Rossini, at the piano-forte, is almost as fine an actor as he is a composer. All this was very delightful, and very rare!

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