The Grand Tour
Starting in the seventeenth century, the region was visited by a number of rich young men of the European aristocracy, who were engaged in their Grand Tours:long journeys throughout continental Europe which were intended to perfect their education.
During the Tours, these young men learned about the politics, culture, art and antiquities of the various European countries. They spent their time doing sightseeing, studying and making purchases.
Amongst them was George Norman Douglas, a famous 20th century English writer who, in 1915, published his work entitled “Old Calabria” in London, a book in which he recounts his travels to Calabria from 1907 to 1911.
“By the Ionian Sea: notes of a ramble in Southern Italy” is the title of a 1901 publication by George Gissing, a late 19th century English writer.
In his book, the author describes a trip to southern Italy in 1897 in search of the places where the civilization of Magna Graecia had once flourished.
In 1879, François Lenormant (a famous French archaeologist, numismatist and assyriologist) visited Calabria starting with the city of Taranto; in 1882, with Naples as his destination, he left from Catanzaro and crossed the entire region of Basilicata.
His travels throughout southern Italy are documented in his travel reports entitled “A travers l'Apulie et la Lucanie” and “La Grande Grèce”.