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The present composition brilliantly conflates two views of the steep, narrow Via del Colle in Tivoli, the historic town in the Sabine foothills to the east of Rome. The left-hand side is a fairly accurate view looking up the street, towards the apse of the early mediaeval church of San Silvestro. However, the right-hand side comprises a view from the other direction of the two picturesque houses in the left foreground. Note
especially the narrow, arched windows on the first floor of the second building on the left and first building on the right, for these are actually one and the same. This evocation of turn-of-the-century Tivoli has been brought to life through the presence of locals going about such business as transporting wood by bullock cart and selling flowers, vegetables and fruit – characteristic features of the art of Ettore Roesler Franz.