News from the Mainland: Mapping Physical and Intellectual Spaces Before the Grand Tour

  • Manuela D’AmoreEmail author
Part of the Italian and Italian American Studies book series (IIAS)


Despite the Royal Society’s interest in far-off, exotic lands in the years 1665–1700, the Fellows’ cultural relations were firmly rooted in the European “Republic of Letters”. The type of information that they exchanged particularly about France, Holland, Switzerland, and Greece was pivotal for the beginning of the Grand Tour in the Enlightenment. Textually based on vols. 1–22 of Philosophical Transactions, and complete with background information about the relations that England and the Society had with such important European countries, Chap.  2 may be considered as an introduction to the special contribution that the Fellows offered not only to the emergence of the Grand Tour as the socio-cultural phenomenon in the Enlightenment, but also to the special contents of the letters that Philosophical Transactions published from and about Italy in late Restoration years.


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  1. 1.University of CataniaCataniaItaly

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