This section gives access to the complete list of the travellers who have been the subject of our inquiry, i.e. all those who have contributed with their travel accounts towards shaping the image of Tuscany.
This alphabetical list gives access both to the travellers’ biographical sketches, and to the digital version of their travel accounts, based on the original texts (books, manuscripts etc.) preserved by the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale in Florence and the Bibliothèque Nationale de Paris.
This section comprises all the people who played a significant part in the cultural, political and social life of Tuscany over the period under examination (from the end of the 18th to the beginning of the 19th century). They include men of culture, librarians, musicians, ambassadors resident in Italy and military men, among others. A long series of personages who, having met, housed, supplied with information, received and established relations with the travelers in one way or another, left their mark on an extensive literature of travel.
This section is devoted – with lists that can be ordered either by author or by title and year – to the books on travel belonging to the Olschki, Palatino and Magliabechiano collections of the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale in Florence. These comprise not just first-hand accounts of journeys but also all those publications (“general instructions,” itineraries and guidebooks) that travelers could turn to for preparation and support. It is also possible to consult manuscripts and printed materials containing historical information and descriptions of Tuscan cities.
From this section it is possible to access a series of written and visual records that illustrate life in Tuscany over the period of time in which it was observed and described by travelers. This documentary material is very useful to reconstructing the atmosphere in which travelers were immersed, corroborating or refuting the opinions, facts and circumstances related by them and helping us to understand better the sociocultural context in which they made their observations.
This section contains a wide selection of periodicals covering the political, social and cultural history of the entire grand duchy over a period stretching from around the middle of the 18th century to the first decade of the 19th century. Where local history is concerned, a predominant role is played by the civic gazettes (Gazzetta Patria) and their progressive extension to the regional level (Gazzetta Toscana); these, together with the Court Diaries and Almanacs, present a true and concise picture of the grand duchy, coloring times and places with everyday events and with constant observation of customs and ways of life. The supra-regional dimension finds space in publications of broader geographical scope, where it is examined by the cosmopolitan contributors to periodicals like "Notizie del Mondo" and "Gazzetta Universale".