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  • One would imagine he had chosen his kings, heroes, cardinals, and prelates, from among the facchini of Rome: that he really drew his Jesus on the Cross, from the agonies of some vulgar assassin expiring on the wheel; and that the originals of his Bambini, with their mothers, were literally found in a stable.

    Travels through France and Italy

  • This figure is of life-size, carved in wood, surrounded by gilt angels, and so heavy that sixteen stout _facchini_, whose shabby trousers show under their improvised costume, are required to bear it along.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 04, No. 24, October, 1859

  • But in a few minutes the _facchini_ seized their hand-luggage, and they alighted as at any commonplace railway-station.

    Barbara's Heritage Young Americans Among the Old Italian Masters

  • The hasty return of Mr. Sumner and Malcom with two lusty _facchini_, who seized the hand-luggage, the hurry to be among the first at the opening of the big doors upon the platform beside which their train was drawn up, and the little bustle of excitement consequent on the desire to secure an entire compartment for their party filled the next few minutes, and soon they were off.

    Barbara's Heritage Young Americans Among the Old Italian Masters

  • He seemed to see himself upon it, waiting for the train to glide in on the day of the fair, waiting among the smiling Sicilian facchini.

    The Call of the Blood

  • Austrian soldiers, and behind the facchini came a long array of religious societies, charity-school boys in uniforms, old paupers in holiday dress, little naked urchins with shepherds 'crooks and bits of fleece about their loins like John the Baptist in the Wilderness, little girls with angels' wings and crowns, the monks of the various orders, and civilian penitents of all sorts in cloaks or dress-coats, hooded or bareheaded, and carrying each a lighted taper.

    A Foregone Conclusion

  • I am afraid that the talk of the modern railway traveller, if he is honest, must be a great deal of the custodians, the vetturini, and the facchini, whose agreeable acquaintance constitutes his chief knowledge of the population among which he journeys.

    Italian Journeys

  • The funeral train is of ten or twenty facchini, wearing tunics of white, with caps and capes of red, and bearing the society's long, gilded candlesticks of wood with lighted tapers.

    Venetian Life

  • I must own that the honest facchini who bore the candles were equally affable, and even freer with their jokes.

    Venetian Life

  • I discovered that Piazza San Marco is every morning swept by troops of ragged facchini, who gossip noisily and quarrelsomely together over their work.

    Venetian Life


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