Istanbul Through Italian Eyes

Arriving by sea, the Italian writers Edmondo De Amicis and Corrado Alvaro were each mesmerized by the Istanbul skyline. Once in the city, they were smitten by its intensity and its trade-oriented hubbub. Though De Amicis tended to see more brightness than Alvaro, both agreed the Turkish metropolis was the last European enclave of the eastward-sprawling Mediterranean condominium.