Seven "genius loci" poems which belong to a philosophical and and moral tradition of local attachment presented through classical myth. In one Gambara speaks as the spirit of Florence in the person of Flora.
Thirty-five love poems
- Thirty written before, during, and after Gambara's marriage;
- Two to Alfonso d'Avalos, Marquis Del Vasto (apparently personating his wife, Maria D'Aragona, together with his reply);
- One celebrating a wedding;
- One previously attributed to Gambara, now thought to be by Veronica Franco
Two prayers; two poems to the Virgin; one on predestination; and a disputed nativity ode
Two poems to Pietro Aretino, one ostensibly directed to Angela Tornibeni di Padova to whom Aretino dedicated an ottava roma poem; one to Maria D'Aragona (see above two poems to her husband, Alfonso D'Avalos); a poem on the death of a minor poet and friend, Bardo; five or six poems to or on Pietro Bembo; two poems to Vittoria Colonna; one to Ludovico Dolce; one to Francesco Maria Molza; one possibly to a still unidentified poet named Rangone (this one has also been thought to be to Luigi Alamanni in response to one of his); and one to Jacopo Sannazaro.
Eight poems to Charles V (one of which is also addressed to Paul III and Francois I); two poems to Paul III; and one poem to either Cardinal Alessandro Farnese or a captain in the army of Paul III (Alessandro Vitelli).
The digitally realtered photograph is copyright Vittorio DiMeglio. He wrote about this picture to me: "Procida is the fishing harbor on the isle of Procida, right next to Ischia. Taken from outside Archangel Michael's Church on the islands highest peak. It was the local seat of the Spanish Inquisition under Spanish rule. A donation here gets you a very private tour by the church's barely English speaking custodian and features the tribunal chambers, the catacombs and the ossario as well as seeing the effigies created by the nearby prison inhabitants, you may walk by a 16th century manuscript left open on a table during the tour. The bitter sweet movie Il Postino featuring the poetry of Pablo Neruda, was also filmed on Procida."