Literary Landmarks of Northern Italy
“Open my heart and you will see
Graved inside of it, ‘Italy’.” (Robert Browning)
For centuries Italy has been a magnet to writers, drawn there by sunny skies, the history, the food and wine, the glorious buildings and the people. Such was its importance as a destination that Dr Johnson remarked, “A man who has not been in Italy is always conscious of an inferiority, from his not having seen what is expected that a man should see.”
There’s the art, the architecture, the food and the amazing ruins. However, the truly discerning traveller can also go to Italy in search of its literary heritage. This tour will take you in the footsteps of many famous visiting authors – Lord Byron, Henry James, the Brownings, Hans Christian Andersen, Goethe, the Shelleys, Keats, Dickens, George Eliot, Mark Twain, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Harold Acton, Thomas Mann, Ruskin, Stendhal and Proust. You will see the landscapes, churches and art works that inspired them, visit their homes, take their preferred walks, and you will dine in their favourite restaurants. Explore Venice through the eyes of Donna Leon’s Commissario Guido Brunetti, discover the Florence of Forster’s A Room with a View, put flowers on the grave of John Keats, delight in the Bay of Poets, and bask under a Tuscan sun. This tour also gives you the chance to get to know some of the great Italian writers – Dante, Boccaccio, Petrarch, Machiavelli, D’Annunzio, Casanova, Goldoni, Carducci and many others. You will discover their place in world literature, learn about their influence on writers around Europe, view their homes and see the art they inspired. This tour offers wonderful variety to the literary traveller. You will travel by plane, train, ferry, gondola and foot; you will wander in villages acclaimed for their beauty and also walk the streets of some of the most famous Italian cities; you will join a cooking class, as well as dine at fine restaurants; you will revel in great Italian music at concerts and private recitals; and you will see some of the country’s greatest art works (though some writers might not agree that they are ‘great’). Coastal scenery with extensive views of bays and islands will be a contrast to the hills of inland Tuscany and to the cobbled streets of ancient towns. According to Mary Shelley, “the name of Italy has magic in its very syllables”.
Come and discover that magic for yourself in this sumptuous Italian literary odyssey.
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