Bracco Pass: Journey in a Storm Cloud, Dickens_1845-2020
CHARLES DICKENS, 1844, wrote: “There is nothing in Italy, more beautiful to me, than the coast- road between Genoa and Spezzia."
In fact... ! Charles-Dickens, route Genoa-La-Spezia: It was not in such a season, however, that we traversed this road on our way to Rome. The middle of January was only just past, and it was very gloomy and dark weather; very wet besides. In crossing the fine pass of Bracco, we encountered such a storm of mist and rain, that we travelled in a cloud the whole way. There might have been no Mediterranean in the world, for anything that we saw of it there, except when a sudden gust of wind, clearing the mist before it, for a moment, showed the agitated sea at a great depth below, lashing the distant rocks, and spouting up its foam furiously. The rain was incessant; every brook and torrent was greatly swollen; and such a deafening leaping, and roaring, and thundering of water, I never heard the like of in my life.
At this time of the year, January, 175 years ago, it was 1845, Charles Dickens is traveling, Pictures from Italy Chapter 9, To Rome by Pisa and Siena