Talking about travelling is the natural conclusion of any significant trip, and yet, from another point-of-view, it’s always a new beginning. In the last three centuries, the way to talk about travelling has changed, greatly. Traditionally, writing has always had the principal role, together with painting, to which it entrusted the role of representing views of faraway places, plants and animals never before seen. New technologies, from photography to videos shared on the internet, have opened whole new horizons – the pun is intended – that challenge the contemporary traveler caught between escaping into the future and consciously returning to the past.
Claudio Visentin (Milan, 1964) teaches the history of tourism at the Università della Svizzera italiana (University of Italian Switzerland). He studies and relates new styles of travelling in the pages of the Sunday supplements of the newspaper il Sole 24 Ore. He also is the founder of the Scuola del Viaggio (School of Travel). Together with Andrea Bocconi, he wrote In viaggio con l’asino (Travelling with an ass) published by Guanda and, together with Stefano Faravelli, Alla ricerca di don chisciotte. Un viaggio nella Mancia (Looking for Don Quixote. A trip in the Mancia) published by Ediciclo.
Travelling and Talking about Travel, Between Tradition and New Technology
Friday, November 18, 2016
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