0Wednesday. 10th [November 1897]—Ca’ Capello, Venice
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10 November 1897 — Ca’ Capello, Venice
Wednesday. 10th [November 1897]. Nela & I went off by 8.45 train to Vicenza for the day to see the Marchese & Marchesa Olga Guiccioli who have a nice villa there. Marchese Alex. Guiccioli met us at the station where we met him at 10 A.M. We walked with him first to see some stone peacocks wh have been made for Countess Pisani’s garden at Vescovana—they were not very splendid—but not very bad. The sculptor Piccioli little more than a workman had a nice little villa—we saw there his son who is a primo tenore & said he had sung at Spolateo &c—& regretted he had not the opportunity of singing to us! We walked thence up the Monte Berico & met Marchesa Olga coming for us. We went into the church to see the fine Mantegna & then to see the Paolo Veronese in the refectory a picture wh had been cut into 36 pieces by the Austrian soldiers when they used it as a barracks—then up to Villa Guiccioli & had some coffee—& sat & talked & walked in the garden which is full of nice trees & has lovely views all over the country. At 12.30 the Marchesa mère appeared, a pretty dapper little old lady of nearly 80—very bent but refined & picturesque with a light white lace shawl over her head while out of doors. After lunch we sat in the salon which has windows on each side so that one loses nothing of the beautiful views. We sat in a window in the hot sun for it was a splendid day tho’ rather cold—& we discussed a balcony wh Marchesa Olga is very anxious to build out. At 2 we took leave of the old Marchesa & drove with the younger couple almost as far as S. Croce Begolina—Cortelazzo’s wonderful villa—back to the city. Went in to S. Corona to see the pictures & also to               . Went to Levi’s shop to order silk for furniture which is made still by him in the old style. Went to call on Cortelazzo but he was away at his villa—to a pastry cook’s to get some biscuits & then to the station. We had to wait 40 minutes for our train & returned home by one leaving at 5.25—& got to Venice at 6.45—& home to dinner.

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