Arriving in Italy

[Photo Credit: Como, from the railway, Lake Como, Italy, Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division, LC DIG-ppmsc-06444]

For their summer vacation in August 1899, Julia and Avery eventually decided to take the train through Switzerland and Northern Italy. It had not been an easy choice, as she explained to their New York cousins: “There were great struggles in deciding where our trip should wander—there are so many plans, so many ways.” Their first stop in Italy was Como, the city located on the southwestern edge of the vast lake (which covers fifty-six square miles). Julia wrote in her travel diary that they had “pretty good rooms, nice beds, big tiled floors.” The next morning, they “got up early and had our coffee under the awning on the road.” She also noted that it was a holiday, with “lots of gay [sic] dressed peasants, soldiers, and bands going by.”

[Julia Morgan Papers, Special Collections and Archives, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, 2-D-17-12; 1-D-05-01.]