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The Grand Tour. The Golden Age of Travel

Italy around 1900. A Portrait in Color

by Marc Walter, Sabine Arqué, Giovanni Fanelli

Page Extent:580 pages
Book Size:290 x 395 mm (Height x Width x Depth)

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Bella Italia Journey back to early 20th-century Italy “You may have the universe,” composer Giuseppe Verdi once said, “if I can have Italy.” Back in the mid-19th century, Verdi’s emotive language appealed to the patriotic sentiments of an emergent nation state. After decades of struggle and bloodshed, the movement known as Risorgimento triumphed with the 1861 proclamation of Italian Unity, assembling disparate kingdoms, territories, and borders that had hitherto been ruled by Austria, the Kingdom of Sardinia, and the Papal States.

About the Authors

Marc Walter

Graphic designer, photographer, and collector Marc Walter specializes in vintage travel photographs, particularly photochroms, of which he has one of the world’s largest collections. He has published numerous books featuring images from his collection as well as his own photographs.

Sabine Arqué

Sabine Arqué is a documentarian, photo researcher, and author. She has collaborated on numerous publications on the themes of travel, the history of tourism, and photography.

Giovanni Fanelli

Giovanni Fanelli, professor of Architecture History at the University of Florence, is the author of several works of architectural history, urban history, graphic arts and photography, translated into several languages; he has been the Scientific Director of the Fondazione Ragghianti (Lucca) and is series editor for a number of titles of Laterza publishers (Rome).

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