Italy and the Grand Tour

Italy and the Grand Tour

by Jeremy Black
     
 

For members of the social elite in eighteenth-century England, extended travel for pleasure came to be considered part of an ideal education as well as an important symbol of social status. Italy, and especially Rome-a fashionable, exciting, and comfortable city-became the focus of such early tourists' interest. In this distinctive book, historian Jeremy Black… See more details below

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For members of the social elite in eighteenth-century England, extended travel for pleasure came to be considered part of an ideal education as well as an important symbol of social status. Italy, and especially Rome-a fashionable, exciting, and comfortable city-became the focus of such early tourists' interest. In this distinctive book, historian Jeremy Black recreates the actual tourist experiences of those who traveled to Italy on a Grand Tour. Relying on the private diaries and personal letters of travelers, rather than on the self-conscious accounts of literary travelers who wrote for wider audiences, the book presents a fresh and authentic picture of how British tourists experienced Italy, its landscapes, women, food, music, Catholicism, and more. Using material from archives across Britain and a generous selection of illustrations, the book highlights the discrepancy between the idealized view of the Grand Tour and its reality: what people were meant to do was not necessarily what they did, what the guide books described as splendid was not always so perceived. Black discusses what Italian experiences meant to British visitors, and he considers the effects of tourism on British culture during this most exciting of centuries.Jeremy Black is professor of history at the University of Exeter and previously held the same position at the University of Durham. He has lectured widely in the United States, Europe, and Australia and is the editor of the journal Archives.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300099775
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
10/01/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
268
Product dimensions:
7.52(w) x 9.74(h) x 0.86(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Notes on Dates and Currency
Preface
Map
1Introduction1
2Sources17
3Into Italy23
4From the Alps to the Arno33
5Rome and the South46
6Accommodation68
7Food and Drink75
8Transport81
9Cost and Finance94
10Hazards104
11Activities118
12Social and Political Reflections142
13Religion166
14The Arts174
15The Impact of Italy203
16Conclusions217
17Epilogue223
Notes225
Bibliography241
Index246

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