Grand Tour

Frequent destinations of the traditional travel around Europe made by upper class young men (17th-19th centuries)

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Cilento and Vallo di Diano Paestum
Isole Eolie The places most visited by the intellectuals of the Grand Tour on their trip to Sicily were mainly those places famous for volcanic phenomena. Standing out among all are Etna, with the ascent to the crater, and the Aeolian Islands.
Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces Obligatory stop to unwind before passing the Alps and going on to Rome (nomination file)
Mount Etna "Etna was also the ideal destination of many travellers at the end of the XVIII century (the so-called Gran Tour)" (Nomination file, p. 72)
Muskauer Park Prince Hermann von P?ckler-Muskau was an avid traveller who went on a very extensive Grand Tour, at which he was inspired by new (exotic) ideas for his gardens
Paris, Banks of the Seine
Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
Pont du Gard From the 18th century onwards, particularly after the construction of the new road bridge, it became a famous staging-post for travellers on the Grand Tour (wiki)
Ravenna Mausoleum of Theodoric: "In the Nineteenth-century, the Gothic king's mausoleum also became a favourite destination for travellers on the Grand Tour." (Explanatory text outside the mausoleum)
Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
Rome In essence, the Grand Tour was neither a scholarly pilgrimage nor a religious one, though a pleasurable stay in Venice and a residence in Rome were essential. (wiki)
Royal Palace at Caserta
San Marino and Mount Titano "(...) it comes as no surprise that in the 17th century some illustrious travellers on the "Grand Tour" left the well-beaten tracks, those including the major cities of art and history, to wind their way up the Titano in order to verify the situation for themselves and touch this utopia with their own hands." (Nomination file, p. 72)
Santa Maria delle Grazie
Syracuse Syracuse was a destination for travellers of the Grand Tour in the 18th century, and even more so in the 19th century. (wiki)
Val d'Orcia
Vatican City As part of the trip to Rome
Venice and its Lagoon
Vicenza and the Palladian Villas
Villa Adriana (Tivoli)
Villa d'Este


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