Pontine Marshes

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Pon·tine Marshes

 (pŏn′tēn, -tīn)
An area of central Italy between the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Apennine foothills. Formerly a malarial breeding ground, the land was drained during the 1930s to produce fertile farmland.
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Pontine Marshes

pl n
(Placename) an area of W Italy, southeast of Rome: formerly malarial swamps, drained in 1932–34 after numerous attempts since 160 bc had failed. Italian name: Agro Pontino
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Pon′tine Marsh′es

(ˈpɒn tin, -taɪn)
an area in W Italy, SE of Rome: formerly marshy, now drained.
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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. Tell them yourself that I was taken by bandits, and that without your generous intercession I should now have been sleeping in the Catacombs of St.
So you could hop from the warm, slow-hum of Italy's Pontine Marshes to the Heaven-prodding monuments of Manhattan in a few hours - if you so chose.
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.
The regime succeeded at absolutely nothing (neither in running the trains on time, nor the draining of the Pontine marshes, nor road building, nor in efforts to reduce the incidence of tuberculosis or malaria, nor in the provision of perinatal assistance for mothers).