Cultural Experiences in Florence and Italy : The Grand Tour Narrative in the 21st Century

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Birindelli , P 2019 , ' Cultural Experiences in Florence and Italy : The Grand Tour Narrative in the 21st Century ' , SocietàMutamentoPolitica , vol. 10 , no. 20 , pp. 191-205 . https://doi.org/10.13128/smp-11057

Title: Cultural Experiences in Florence and Italy : The Grand Tour Narrative in the 21st Century
Author: Birindelli, Pierluca
Contributor organization: Academic Disciplines of the Faculty of Social Sciences
University Management
Date: 2019
Language: eng
Number of pages: 15
Belongs to series: SocietàMutamentoPolitica
ISSN: 2038-3150
DOI: https://doi.org/10.13128/smp-11057
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/317312
Abstract: In this article I explore various current myths that lead foreigners, especially North Europeans and North Americans, to choose to visit/live in Florence or Tuscany for a while or forever. Is it possible to discern any shared, collective representations? If so, how do such myths fit into the contemporary everyday life of the city? Can we identify a pathway from the aesthetic quest for “authentic” Italian life to cultural encounters with Italians in the flesh? My hypothesis is that one of the leitmotifs of foreigners’ experiences is a romantic, and to a lesser degree, intellectual approach towards “Florence without Florentines”. If so, there is nothing new “Under the Tuscan Sun”: the Grand Tour narrative is alive and kicking. Contemporary experiences of Florence and Tuscany continue to be shaped by the social imaginary inherited from the early nineteenth century. Travellers and sojourners come to Florence with a set of expectations shaped through filmic and literary representations and see what they expect to see, not least because the Italians are equally complicit in performing their part in this ritualised experience.
Subject: 5141 Sociology
Grand Tour
narrative
culture
travel
experience
romantic myth
Florence and Italy
IMAGINARIES
WORLD
WORKS
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by
Usage restriction: openAccess
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