are to be preferred before the Confusion of Fe-
ROVIGO. Rtrvigo is a poor little City, encompass’d with
a ruinous Wall: Yet jt is the Residence of the
Bilhop of Adria. That ancient and famous City,
which gave its name to the Gulf, being now but
a pitiful half-drowned Village.
FERRARA. Ferrara is very large, and pretty handsome, but
ill peopled. Some say it was called Ferrara, quasi,
sere aurea, because of its rich Trade; But at pre-
sent it is so poor and desolate, that it cannot be
in the rear view’d without Companion. In a place where
1570. in the Four very large Streets meet, we hopp’d a while,
st™ os Forty wkhout perceiving any one Person in any of
Hours,Ferrara / . ° . , , , , 7 , .
liissered One them. It is generally acknowledged, that this
hundred and City hath more Houses than Inhabitants. Ne-
sixty jolts os vertheless, the Territory of Ferrara is one of the
an Earthquake best pasts LomM it is a
plain and fat
mo ss all defray- Country , which wants nothing but Tillage.
ed. Schrad. You know this Desolation is an effeft of the Se-
verity of the Government. For every place that
falls into the Pope’s Hands, becomes immediate-
. Servierant tibi,.Roma, prius Domini Dominorum.
Servorum Seryi tibi funt jam, Roma, I'yranni.
These Princes are usually old, .and consequent-
ly are forc'd to do a great deal of Wotk in a little
time to enrich their Families: And they rarely
consider, what may become of the Estate after
„ , their Death. When Ferrara was* united to the
tndcfth^ $eeJ un<^er ^ie Pontificate of Clement VIII.
rear 1597. that Pope built a thong § Citadel which is Hill in •
the Dutchy os
Ferrara, returned to the Holy See, the Male Race of the Dttkes being extincl.
Alfonso was the lass lawful Prince oj the House of Est.
§ Du Vai writes, that this Citadtl co ft Two Millions of Crowns of Gold.