about 2 or 3 we had passed Parma & Modena, ― a bright wonderful night ― & at 5.30 were at Bologna, which we left at 6. Great floods of rain for 4 days had fallen, & near Bologna ― & Mirandola, a bridge had been all but carried away. We had to leave our train, & pass the bridge on foot ― joining a train on the other side. A Professor of Medicine of Bologna & one [more reserved] ― who got out at Cesena ― after wh. a French agreable man got in ― going to Chieti I afterwards found.
Forli &c. ― Rimini ― S. Marino afar off ― Senigallia, ― & all along the seashore ― Ancôna in the distance. We reached it by 1.30. A long drive from the Rail to the town ― Albergo della Pace ― a queer dirtyish typical Station Inn, where I got a large room on the 1st floor, so noisy that sleep was difficult at night.
At 5. ― (after having prowled about the port ― wet & dirty ― cloudy & chill,) ― dined at table d’hôte. A pleasant officer ― (General Casanuova ―) next to me. ―
[Transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3. Image.]