Pictures from Italy

by Charles Dickens


Pictures from Italy is a travelogue by Charles Dickens, written in 1846. The book reveals the concerns of its author as he presents, according to Kate Flint, the country "like a chaotic magic-lantern show, fascinated both by the spectacle it offers, and by himself as spectator".
In 1844, Dickens took a respite from writing novels and for several months traveled through France and Italy with his family. They visited the most famous sights: Genoa, Rome, Naples, Florence and Venice. In his travelogue the author portrays a nation of great contrasts: grandiose buildings and urban desolation, and everyday life beside ancient monuments. But it is his encounters with Italy's colorful street life that capture the imagination. Dickens is particularly drawn to the costumes, cross-dressing, and sheer exuberance of the Roman carnival. From the book we learn that Dickens was an early riser and walker, and that he enjoyed touring the major attractions on foot.
Excerpted from Pictures from Italy on Wikipedia.

person AuthorCharles Dickens
language CountryEngland
api GenreTravels, Social life
copyright CopyrightPublic domain in the United States.
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04. Genoa And Its Neighbourhood
      Part 1, Part 2
10. Rome
      Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
11. A Rapid Diorama
      Part 1, Part 2
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Part I:
00. The Reader’s Passport
01. Going Through France
02. Lyons, The Rhone, And The Goblin Of Avignon
03. Avignon To Genoa
04. Genoa And Its Neighbourhood
05. To Parma, Modena, And Bologna
Part II:
06. Through Bologna And Ferrara
07. An Italian Dream
08. By Verona, Mantua, And Milan, Across The Pass Of The Simplon Into 
09. To Rome By Pisa And Siena
10. Rome
11. A Rapid Diorama