Rethinking travel and tourism in Italy: the case of Naples, Vesuvius and the buried cities, 1770-1840

Wednesday 23 October 2013 18.00 – 19.30

Rethinking travel and tourism in Italy: the case of Naples, Vesuvius and the buried cities, 1770-1840

Why and with purpose did visitors spend time in the Bay of Naples in the early nineteenth century? Using the Visitors book to Vesuvius as its starting point, this talk argues for a re-assessment of the relationship between travel and tourism, a re-thinking of the notion of the grand tour, and a better understanding of the relationship between travellers and hosts, experts and a larger public.

John Brewer (California Institute of Technology)