the imperial carriage of Sisi


Sisi in Rome


The Roman 's stay Empress Elisabeth of Austria
by Alessandro Venditti

On the night of December 7, 1869 , a special train from Ancona , arrived in Rome for a short stay Amelia Elizabeth Eugenie of Wittelsbach , Empress of Austria , passed from history with a nickname that evokes dream-like atmosphere Sissi .

The young Empress - he was 32 years old - took up residence at the Palazzo Farnese , a guest of her sister Mary Sophia and her husband Francis II , nicknamed Frankie , who took refuge in Rome after the surrender of Gaeta (1861) and the end of the Bourbon kingdom in southern Italy . In those days I solemnly opened the Ecumenical Council, convened by Pope Pius IX. Sissi could not help but to assist in the basilica of St. Peter's parade party , on December 9 , along with many other crowned heads , in an official ceremony of seven hours. Elizabeth, however, was able to resist just one hour, before returning to face the storm that raged over Rome. The next day he went to pay homage to the Pope in the Vatican , who was with her chatty and amiable . He spoke , however, Sissi Italian and could not understand practically nothing.

Three days later, Pius IX returned the visit by going to the Palazzo Farnese. A Sissi seemed , as he wrote in a letter to her husband, Francis Joseph, " a Subisso of ceremonies. We were all gathered waiting for him , kneeling at the foot of the ladder ." The conversation took place again in Italian and Empress if they estranged , being very impressed by the appearance of the Pope, with his red hat and coat in purple and ermine , which - according to her - made him look all ' Empress Carolina Augusta .

The real reason for the visit to Rome of Sissi , however, was the imminent and pending birth of their first and only son of the former kings of Naples . Just on Christmas night , Mary Sophia put birth to a girl . Sissi 's sister eagerly watched day and night. Wandering in the cold rooms of the Palazzo Farnese , took a nice cough, trying to heal with donkey's milk . But when January 16 Elizabeth was invited to a fox hunt , the excitement for the joke had it heal suddenly . The Roman aristocracy started to gather at the Tomb of Cecilia Metella and the Empress arrived at 11 to Porta San Sebastiano in a carriage. The Committee of hunts had prepared a hearty breakfast under a tent decorated with flowers. After eating , he began hunting, during which several foxes were flushed , although he was not taking a single one. The nobles galloped for three hours and Sissi, with a magnificent dress horsewoman , was enchanted by the colors and the softness of the landscape of the Roman countryside. The next day he left Rome , promising to return. It was not so . The beautiful Empress ended his days in 1898 without having set foot in the Eternal City .

At its timeless myth the city of Vienna has dedicated a museum, which opened last April in the first six halls of the imperial apartments in the Hofburg , for over 600 years the residence of the Habsburg dynasty. Here Rolf Langenfass , designer of international renown, has recreated for the public image of " Sisi " - as they call the Austrians - that transcends traditional clichés , to be as close as possible to reality. The Sisi Museum and the apartments of the Empress , with their authentic historical furnishings , they have become a must for any visit to Vienna , along with private rooms and officers of Francis Joseph and the Museum of Silversmiths of the Court, which is can access every day from 9.00 to 17.00 , with a single ticket .

In the museum dedicated to Elizabeth , set in a frame of strong suggestion , the testimonies are followed to revive past glory and magnificence , but also pain and restlessness . The exhibition is divided thematically , ranging from carefree years of youth in Bavaria, the unexpected engagement with the Emperor Franz Joseph and the difficult years of life at court , where he emerged around the rebellious nature of Sissi, the cult of beauty , the obsession for a sleek , love for the sport and passionate lyrics that engages . Furthermore, it was considered one of the most beautiful women of his time and his day was marked by various beauty treatments. Her long hair was combed for two or three hours a day . Unlike many other women of her time , though , he hated the heavy makeup or perfume too intense . Among the exhibits , the scale on which the Empress is weighed every day, her elegant dressing gown and her secret beauty recipes . Impossible not to be enchanted by the perfect apparel for bachelorette Sissi - the original is too delicate to be exposed to the public - with a profusion of ruffles, pleats and embroidery Eastern able to enhance the slender figure , with a waist that measured only 50 centimeters. The elegant shapes , the face restless , can be seen in the splendid portraits, the most famous of which , executed in 1685 by Franz Xaver Winterhalter , depicts the white ball gown studded with embroidered stars . Even the long , very thick hair was adorned with diamond stars .

The series of portraits is abruptly interrupted when Sissi was a little over 40 years. He wanted to go down in history as a young and handsome and could not bear to show the signs of age that left her face. For some time he had not allowed the veils be photographed and parasol umbrellas and became his most faithful companions . After the death of his son Rodolfo trips were his only consolation . In the museum of Vienna you can appreciate the reconstruction of the luxurious carriage of the court of the Empress , with a living room and a comfortable sleeper . For anyone who does not shy away from the more gruesome details , there is a file in which the anarchist Luigi Luccheni hit her in the chest September 10, 1898 on the lakeside of Geneva. The unfortunate fell, but got up immediately , convinced that it was only pushed to the ground . He hastened to not lose the ship that was to bring in Montreux . Once on board fainted : the corset opened , revealing a tiny wound. Soon Sissi, reported in a hotel in Geneva , went out, handing his myth immortality.

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The Empress Sissi in the tourist in Superba ( GENOA )


The Empress Sissi in the tourist in Superba ( GENOA )

And ' one day in March of 1893 , and city newspapers announce sensational news : the Empress Elizabeth of Austria came to visit in the Superb , his arrival at the Stazione Principe has passed almost unnoticed , in the newspapers we read that not to accept were the authorities. The empress traveling incognito under the name of Lady Parker, has with him an entourage of eight people including his maid of honor and her professor of greek . It will be a short stay and faithful account of those days is the subject of a book titled A quick thrill , the days of Genoese Elisabeth of Austria by Vittorio and Laura Max Sannelli . The two authors have done a masterly job of research , consulting and proposing the newspapers of the readers of our time, the story of the days of Genoese Sissi . And do you know ? I had the pleasure of meeting one of the authors , Laura Victor , a real enthusiast and expert stories of Genoa who honor me by reading this blog . Vittorio is a person of great culture which does not lack generosity and so he gave me this beautiful book and also many other texts of which I will talk about soon . And then he deserves a special thanks for all of these books really interesting and its nice stories ! And then we go back to those days of March and the streets of Genoa at that time, when the Principe Station arrived this illustrious traveler.Sissi will stay on board the yacht Miramar with whom he will continue to Naples and Greece. Oh, is carrying less than 69 packages of luggage, the Empress does not miss anything during the trip and has even purchased works of art of great value. And the journalists of the nineteenth century Caffaro and tell us precisely those walks in the city. Elizabeth is no longer in the prime of life , has passed fifty , and his life was marked by many sorrows. Walking around Zena , Sissi like to take long walks. So here she is with her dark dress and the fan lined in blue and has a flask and a bag. And the chronicler of the Century does not fail to bring even the clothing of his lady companion ! But she is to attract attention , it is Sissi with its sheer beauty that the Genoese stop to observe. Who is that great lady that crosses Via Carlo Alberto ? It 's so that once called our Via Gramsci , you will recognize the buildings and the Commandery , this is an image of 1917. The tents of the shops pulled down, the wooden carts and passers-by .And then the walk proceeds in Via Andrea Doria .And again down along the royal road that fascinated Stendhal, Via Balbi . And who knows if Sissi have looked up !A gentle slope that leads to the heart of Genoa.And then footsteps echoing in the Empress magnificent church of the Nunziata , including sculptures and paintings of Maragliano Piola , Sissi observe the works of art that are stored there .The climbs of Genoa. Do you believe that frightened ? Oh , you are wrong ! Sissi went along Corso Carbonara and stopped to admire the view from the Esplanade Castelletto .And then continued along the courses , he went over and came to the Piazza Manin Staglieno Cemetery . Life and death, the dark mystery that whispers the arcades. And the journey into the unknown that awaits every man , a monument struck in a particular way : it is the tomb carved from Carpaneto Scanzi . And in his notebook Sissi marked the words that are read sull'epigrafe : who ventured into the sea of life was so faithful helmsman .The charm and magic of Staglieno that impressed more than a traveler. And the beauty of this book , including the photographs of Alfred Noack accompanying text and excerpts from newspaper articles , A rapid intoxication is also a journey into the journalistic language of that era. The chronicler of the Century performs linguistic artifice and often tries to curry the favor of the readers, no one else will tell the journey of Sissi with such great detail , no one can compete with this reporter . In fact, the good reporter will tell some juicy anecdotes and leave you curious to discover in the pages of the book. A journey to discover the city , in places familiar to me . The view from the heights of Monte Gazzo and a walk to Villa Pallavicini .And then the Empress visit the workshops of artists and sculptors, is delighted with the sparkle of the windows of Via and Via Luccoli Goldsmiths . And how many of us are enchanted by the delights of Romanengo .It certainly does not miss a walk on the promenade in Nervi , where you can hear the song of the waves.These are the places of Genoa, Genoa that saw the Empress Elizabeth of Austria . All vintage postcards that you have seen in this article belong to the collection of my friend Eugenio Third whom I thank for the kind loan. It was the month of March, maybe there was that north wind that often sweeps these roads. It was the month of March, a woman with a mysterious beauty resided in this city. He called Lady Parker, with his carriage passed in Piazza Fontane Marose . I wonder if anyone saw her knew that she was Elizabeth , Empress of Austria .

From the site: this site you can find information about the book that tells the Genoese days Sisi and read the article in Italian

"....... But Naples see under the snow and freezing is really something new and this time also vero.La city and all around it was all white, only the sea was bright blue, and the rays of the sun reflected on the water sparkled on the white ground. The Empress loved Naples and always trying to make you stop every time he undertook the trip ........................ The moonlight illuminated the darkness and the district of Chiaia was explained before our eyes an unreal landscape, snow-white and streaked with pink reflections of the pillars of fire that came from Vesuvius ......... ................ The empress off from fatigue set by this show ............... " Taken from "Elisabeth the last years" by Irma Sztaray MGS Editions Press
On 12 December 1894 the Empress visited the city (Algiers) in my company ........................... From one of the shaded watched the comings and goings of this human tide. The Empress was fascinatedand her smile and his eyes were filled with joy ......................... The Arabs very interested. A beautiful and noble people, indeed! ................ And the women? What can I say? Those wrapped in white cloth from head to pieidi resembled a ghost .......... Taken from "Elisabeth the last years" by Irma Sztaray MGS Editions Press
We are in a place where Cap Martin 'Empress loves to stay. The attacamento that she felt for this place will become years later, in denial. Who can explain the impulses of the heart? The Empress was waiting for a visit of a person dear to her. She had to get the Emperor .................... The thought of him in this hour of happy anticipation relegated everything else to the background. "The Emperor rarely grants of short holidays, so let's all work in such a way as to make nice these days" Taken from "Elisabeth the last years" by Irma Sztaray MGS Editions Press
I woke up at 5 in the morning. The sea was calm and the ship did not move .............. I go on the upper deck where a magnificent spectacle offered to my eyes ................... the famous Scylla and Charybdis could not anything against us courage when we crossed the danger zone. ............... Her Majesty spent all day on the bridge. To my great regret I could not see Mount Etna because it was hidden by the clouds. Taken from "Elisabeth the last years" by Irma Sztaray MGS Editions Press

Sisi in pasage to Genoa( Italy )

"The augustwoman" passage in Genoa is the Sisi teenager Possenhofen.'s Not the unrealSissi films Marischka, which has never existed and does not look like RomySchneider.'s Not even the Beatrice decadent Constantin Christomanos, one whoutters aphorisms as "The sea wants me, knows that I belong to him."   The woman down thePrincipe Station should be called Elisabeth of Austria, Majesty, Kaiserin,Empress, but the sources of your stay in Genoa agree: "the desire topreserve the most complete incognito around his trip," "SM travelingin the strictest unknown and under the name of Lady Parker "or"Countess Hohenembs. "Its appearance is simple, the dress is black and"his person" is "slim and slender", not androgynous say,"like a cypress on the sky," in the poetic dream of Christomanos. Thepsychological subjection evokes the great poem, "Do not approdavo perhapsa Dante's" new life "?». Christomanos says, emphasizing that it isfalse. The people of Genoa, between the sea and the Nunziata, receives the newlife, in the form of admiration, "but did not know, saw it as error-free,for a person of high rank." Yes, "the beauty of his face tight linesproperty under the heavy autumn color that burdened her tresses," writesD'Annunzio. But a journalist is a journalist, and what else should I say? Justa few words: "It is a beautiful figure of a woman, and even though hespent 55 years, it does not show."       Maximum Sannella "

The Main Places of the Travels of Sisi


The unquenchable thirst of the trip nell'imperatrice Sissi.

During his many trips Elisabeth was always looking for an inner peace that actually never found. Travel was also a means for her to escape the hated court of Vienna. Article by Sabrina Bottaro. "The goals of the trips are interesting because there is only half the journey." (Elisabeth Amalie Eugenie von Wittelsbach, known as Sissi or Sisi) the Duchess of Bavaria, later Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary finally note with nomigliolo Sissi or Sisi (think it was the real nickname Empress), we know a fictionalized biography rather due to the cycle of the three films, famous, Ernst Marischka fifties of the twentieth century with the beautiful and fresh Romi Schneider for life - in spite of himself - will be the Empress Sissi in the hearts of his admirers. Sissi films appears as a character passionate and poetic, rebellious and unconventional. This is only partly true because the film does not analyze the psychological point of view the figure of this woman tortured in the extreme and extremely uncomfortable in his role at court. Perhaps this is due to the fact that, for the Austrians and Hungarians, Sissi has always been a myth unchallenged, the protagonist of a story by legendary thousands of aspects that most modern biographies and contemporary tends to emphasize mercilessly. We know about his engagement - not wanted by their mothers - with his first cousin, Emperor Franz Josef, we know the hostile relationship with the mother-in-law-aunt that always made my life hell, we know the disease - an acute form of tuberculosis - which provided the reason (or excuse?) to take refuge in places with warmer; know the tragic death of his son Rodolfo, who committed suicide after killing his lover in the hunting lodge of Mayerling. For obvious reasons - because Sissi is still a myth - the film does not speak of his manic and exhausting care for their physical appearance, especially the body that made her sick with anorexia. You do not even know the truth about the relationship between his mother and father in the movie lovers who appear in reality have never been. In short, the film's famous cycle of Sissi have transformed the lives of a woman problem, perhaps ill and, in some ways, unfortunate in a novel of love and adventure. What few people know is the love that spasmodic Sissi fed for the trip and that led, in the last years of his life, to travel the length and breadth of Europe, which brought her back home again, and that he meet death at the hands of an Italian anarchist in Switzerland. In the summer of 2000 was set up in the castle of Miramare in Trieste - the summer residence of the brother of Sissi - a unique temporary exhibition titled "Sissi, the impossible elsewhere." A symbolic title and mysterious. The exhibition presented a physical and spiritual through Europe that Sissi had dealt with joy and a deep sense of freedom and expectation in the years following the death of his son. She had fled from Vienna, from the court and her husband to find peace elsewhere. Here is elsewhere. Ever since the day he set foot on Sissi Vienna, choked obligations and dall'iprocrita appearance. He was still a teenager when she married Franz Joseph and became empress, her discomfort should not surprise today. As the years passed, his life became a living hell and because of that tormented her mother-in-law (and it is true, as in the film) is due to the heavy life that forced him to lend his image and pay for " appearances of the imperial house of Austria, "to want to cite the second film Marischka. Sissi includes soon to be able to be an ambassador of peace and union in Hungary, a country somewhat problematic Empire. Decided to leave, to depart from Vienna to rebuild relations between the Hungarian intelligentsia and the imperial court and was a huge success. This is the first of a long series of voyages, the starting point of his new life away from the court of Vienna. Travelling for her would mean escape from Vienna, find another place, a place to be happy and at peace, and what today seems like a paradox because how could he find peace Sissi wandering from kingdom to kingdom? To learn more about Elizabeth of Austria Elisabeth of Austria ("Sissi") - beyond the myths and clichés The entire cycle of a particular film is silent alarming. The Franz Joseph in love in the movies that we see as deeply devoted to his wife, then in reality he had a lot of sympathy for his young bride and her needs. Sissi away from him also providing a lover, a theater actress named Katharina Schratt to avoid feelings of guilt for abandoning him. Sissi traveled especially to a carriage that could engage trains, a car inside which had been rebuilt a noble ambience, a kind of luxurious residence assets. This car became a legend that captured the curiosity of many residents of European countries visited Sissi. His travels were on the lips of all for the audacity of the Empress who was not frightened at nothing in front of any difficulty. Sissi will be in Greece, Italy, England, France, Germany, Portugal, Ireland ... wherever his heart was called by some dark spirit that attracted unconsciously (?) To him. Sissi was always moved by a strange feeling that stirred the stomach. He hated Vienna and the Spanish court ceremonial, but he was still in love with her husband even when procured another woman with whom distracted during his absence become habitual. In Geneva, on the dock, waiting to embark on the lake, Sissi was shot and killed by Luigi Lucheni, Italian anarchist than twenty-five years. He noticed that she has been hurt after a few hours, but it was too late. Sissi died, ironically and tragically because of that title that represented her country and the life he hated, and from which he had always tried to flee. Sabrina Bottaro From the site: