Written by JulieW
(11/13/2003 1:36 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, gap years, penned by trishjune
Obviously it is very dangrous to generalise ;-) ,but on the whole the Grand Tour was to Europe and it was for cultural reasons.,- principally to these cities-Paris,Rome, Venice, Florence,Naples.It may have included trips to Spa in Belgium for health reasons,and sometiems German and Swiss towns and countryside were included).
Many country houses are now full of items bought on the Grand Tour- for example Holkham Hall in Norfolk has a statuegallery filled with Roman statues bought on the Grand Tour, tables with tops made from mosaics from Hadrian's villa.
A book I can highly recommend on the subject is The British Abroad:The Grand Tour in teh Eighteenth Century by Jeremy Black-a very readable and full account of just what a Grand Tour entailed ;-)
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