In Romagna, a region that I did not know, a multitude of towns, their houses painted with a marble whitewash, are perched on the tops of small mountains, like flocks of white pigeons. Each of these towns offers a few masterpieces of modern art or monuments from Antiquity. The whole of Roman history is to be found in this part of Italy; you have to travel through it with copies of Titus Livius, Tacitus and Suetonius in your hand.

(François-René de Chateaubriand)