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161v (SM volume 162) Villa Aldrovandi, Bologna


161v (SM volume 162) Villa Aldrovandi, Bologna


Lay at Bologna Sunday Apr 30. abt 27 / miles from P[ietra] Mala - the different / teints (sic) of the Mountains, some Lava / others Tuffa, Ashes, Cinders & others / cover'd with fine wood & highly cultivatd / Vallies between / One mile before you reach Bologna on / the left hand observe the elegant casina / of the Prince Aldrovandus (neo-classical Villa Aldrovandi, Bologna, designed by Carlo Francesco Dotti, 1770) / Center receds Portico. 6 Ionic Col.[umns] / Wings of Doric - added fine - plaister'd and with rough elevation and part plan of this recently built house showing a two-storey front with portico in antis, flanked by colonnades on a curved plan.



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