Cacus, the son of Vulcan and Medusa, was a famous robber who breathed fire and smoke and laid waste Italy. He made the mistake, however, of robbing Hercules of some cows, and for this Hercules strangled him.
 “Thick as leaves in Vallombrosa” has come to be the form of words as most people quote them. But Milton wrote ("Paradise Lost,” Book I. 300-304):—
His legions, angel-forms, who lay entranced
Thick as autumnal leaves that strew the brooks
In Vallombrosa where the Etrurian shades,
High over-arched, embower.”
Wordsworth, by the way, when he visited Vallombrosa with Crabb Robinson in 1837, wrote an inferior poem there, in a rather common metre, in honour of Milton’s association with it.
 27 April, 1859, the day that the war with Austria was proclaimed.
 In “A Dictionary of Saintly Women”.
 The position of easel pictures in the Florentine galleries often changes.