#156: The Grand Tour

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“A man who has not been in Italy, is always conscious of an inferiority, from his not having seen what it is expected a man should see.”

It was the trip of a lifetime, where young, aristocratic British men would travel across Europe and open their eyes to new worlds.

Discover why these men would do this, how they travelled, what they got up to, and what it tells us about our relationship with tourism today.

  • Reasons to learn about The Grand Tour now
  • Who went on The Grand Tour?
  • Where did they go?
  • Italy: The place to not be missed
  • Understanding the classics
  • The role of The Cicerone (personal guide)
  • Collecting works of art as souvenirs
  • Thomas Howard: "The Collector Earl"
  • Canaletto selling paintings to the travellers
  • Non-cultural reasons for travelling: gambling, sex, and drinking
  • Influence of classical world on the British imagination
  • Practicalities of travel during The Grand Tour
  • Partying in Naples with Lady Hamilton
  • The Napoleonic Wars stopping The Grand Tour (and the consequences for British tourism)
  • Influences of The Grand Tour
  • Reflections on modern tourism

Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/the-grand-tour

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