NOVEMBER 11 MONDAY – THE CLEMENS FAMILY LEFT ROME AT 10:50 AM, AND RETURNED TO FLORENCE, ITALY AT 6:50 PM, WHERE THEY SPENT THE NIGHT AT THE HOTEL DE NEW YORK.
THEY WERE HEADED NORTH TO SPEND THE WINTER IN MUNICH, A 600 MILE TRIP WITH 36 HOURS ON SLOW TRAINS, AND FOUR OVERNIGHT HOTEL STOPS TO MAKE THE JOURNEY MORE BEARABLE FOR LIVY.
“... saw splendid torchlight processions crossing the 2 Arno bridges to see the King, at the Pitti palace. Saw the [Edward M.] Smiths & Launt Thompson.”. Notes: Edward Meigs Smith was the U.S. consul at Mannheim, vacationing in Italy. The Clemenses had met the Smiths during their stay at Heidelberg. Launt Thompson was an American sculptor residing in Florence. He had called on the Clemenses there in October.
November 12 Tuesday – The Clemens family stayed a day and another night in Florence.
November 13 Wednesday – The Clemens family left Florence at 10:45 AM and reached Bologna, Italy at 4:15 PM. Sam made a notebook entry that he stopped here to see Guiseppe Mezzofanti (d.1849), “because he knew 111 languages, but he was dead”.
NOVEMBER 14 THURSDAY – THE CLEMENS FAMILY LEFT BOLOGNA AT NOON AND TRAVELED UNTIL 10:30 PM TO REACH TRENT IN THE AUSTRIAN TYROL, BY WAY OF “MODENA, MANTUA, & VERONA.” SAM WAS ACTING AS THE COURIER FOR THE GROUP AND THOUGHT HIMSELF “A SHINING SUCCESS...SO FAR” .
NOVEMBER 15 FRIDAY – THE CLEMENS FAMILY WAS UP AT 6 AM AND TRAVELED ALL DAY. AFTER TWELVE HOURS THEY ARRIVED IN MUNICH, GERMANY. AT 7 PM THEY ARRIVED, IN “DRIZZLE & FOG AT THE DOMICIL WHICH HAD BEEN ENGAGED FOR US TEN MONTHS BEFORE”.