The Grand Tour

The benefit of the Grand Tour was the exposure it gave to classical antiquity and the art of the Renaissance. At the time during the early to mid 19th century, it was thought of as a rite of passage and was a custom embraced mainly by upper-class Europeans. The itinerary commonly included France (Paris), Switzerland (Geneva, Lausanne), Italy (Venice, Florence, Rome, Naples), German-speaking parts of Europe (Innsbruck, Vienna, Dresden, Munich), and finally Holland and Flanders. The Grand Tour often spanned a period of several months.

  • Victorian Onyx Cameo Demi Parure

  • Victorian Shell Cameo Earrings