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Starhotels Collezione Italy: the Grand Tour updated for the 21st century

In the 17th and 18th century, affluent young Englishmen of a certain rank would often embark on a “Grand Tour” of Europe.

The trip, mounted when young men were regarded as having come of age, was intended to complete their classical education, through encounters with the wonders of antiquity and the Renaissance. A typical journey would take a man (as well as his chaperone and travelling entourage) across France and down through Italy, before returning, if time and finances allowed, through Germany, Austria and the Netherlands.

These days, travelling across this part of the world is…

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