Caves, waterfalls and ravines

Grotte, cascate e forre Il Grand Tour della natura

The Grand Tour of nature edited by Massimo Pulini and Franco Pozzi

Gambalunga Civic Library Ancient rooms

The artistic results of what we call the Grand Tour are mainly linked to the history and beauty of Italian cities, but the watercolours, drawings and albums that the artists created in that Bildungsroman also had natural subjects. Since the second half of the eighteenth century, an interest in the most impervious glimpses of nature has grown and some Italian artists anticipate, by a generation, the themes that will be typical of romanticism.

Romolo Liverani
View of the Acqua Cheta waterfall, 1858 Forlì, A. Saffi Library, Piancastelli Fund.