The Grand Tour Project
The Grand Tour of Italy attracted thousands of northern Europeans throughout the eighteenth century. It was a formative institution of modernity, contributing to a massive reimagining of politics and the arts, of the market for culture, of ideas about leisure, and of practices of professionalism . The Grand Tour Project enriches our understanding of this phenomenon by bringing us closer to the diverse travelers, elites and otherwise, who collectively constituted its world. We are working with the more than five thousand entries in John Ingamells’ Dictionary of British and Irish Travelers to Italy to create a dynamic searchable database, along with digital visualizations, of these travelers’ journeys and lives. Our collaboration with Spatial History focuses on the identification, analysis and mapping of the geographical dimensions in our data.