Germain;' `ten, fifteen, or twenty thieves, have been arrested in a cafe on the Boulevard du Temple, or in the Thermes de Julien,' -- and yet these same men deny the existence of the bandits in the Maremma, the Campagna di Romana, or the Pontine Marshes
The Pontine marshes
(l Agro Pontino) is a unique example of reclaimed land coupled with an irrational urban development and an intensive agricultural practice.
Winston Churchill called him the Bullfrog of the Pontine Marshes
Next is (6) A View of the river at Varpio d'Adda (c 1511-13) - which, as Martin has seen for himself, remains little changed today - and (7) A map of the Pontine marshes
(c1515) which will help you to see where Google Earth came from
Similarly, Da Vinci's plans to drain land - as per exhibit (7) A map of the Pontine marshes
(c1515) - weren't realised because the natives saw the scheme as a ''Papal annexation of their territory''.
But what amazes me is that the dictator's desk is still in use in a government building more than 66 years after the bodies of the Bullfrog of the Pontine Marshes
and his mistress Clara Petacci were hung upside down from a lamp-post outside a Milan petrol station by the partisans.