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grand tour

(formerly) an extended tour through the major cities of Europe, esp one undertaken by a rich or aristocratic Englishman to complete his education
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The latter-day Grand Tourists differed from their eighteenth-century predecessors in at least one significant way, however.
A portrait of one of the region's Grand Tourists, Henry Swinburne, for which he sat in Rome, is on show in the Laing Art Gallery.
The Romans had plenty for the Grand Tourist to choose from, and visits were arranged almost on a weekly basis to archeological sites in all Italian cities and there wereplaces where travellers could choose a bust, a full length figure, or even a body part in marble as it came up out of the ground.
He pitted religion against politics in brutal style, through to the Grand Tourists who bought European culture with British money, all offering many parallels with the Brexit situation we find ourselves in today.
The former, directed by filmmakers defined as "descendants of Grand Tourists," are characterized by their "use of Italy's landscape as a backdrop for journeys of self-discovery"; while the latter often prefer lesser touristic areas.
The family travel in style over the Alps and take up residence in palaces, as grand tourists used to do, first in Venice and then in Rome.
Grand Tourists believed their modernity made them superior, and so import companies such as the Honorable East India Company progressed from trading spices to selling slaves.
In 1747, Piranesi moved to Rome permanently, but he retained the 18th-century Venetian love of topography - and its ability to raise money from Grand Tourists keen to buy souvenirs of their adventure.
Kevin McCloud's Grand Tour (9.00pm) The presenter travels to Greece, where he follows in the footsteps of James Stuart and Nicholas Revett, two of the first grand tourists to reach the country.
In the final episode Kevin follows in the footsteps of James Stuart and Nicholas Revett, who were two of the first grand tourists to journey as far as Greece, which in the ancient world was considered to be the cradle of Western civilisation.
Each programme will see Kevin in a different part of Europe, following the typical journeys of Grand Tourists.
Therefore, in the fashion of grand tourists she expands her educational program by inviting armchair travelers to "participate" in her Sterne-inspired geographic and cultural excursions.

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