National Geographic : 1936 Sep
Photograph byBurton Holmes from Galloway PLOWS FOR THE FORMER SWAMP LANDS! Virtually depopulated for more than 2,000 years, the vast, malarial Pontine Marshes between Rome and Naples have been transformed byamaze ofdrainage ditches into a model agricultural area (see page 368, and "Redemption of the Pontine Marshes," NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE, August, 1934). Capital oftheregion isfour year-old Littoria. On the outskirts is this tile-roofed farmhouse; the family occupies the two-story section, and theadjoining wing, with arched entrance, isthestable. Most of the houses are painted light blue, a color supposed to keep flies away.