The Grand Tour
Shaping Northern Europe’s cultural heritage, the practice of the Grand Tour had a profound effect and influence on art, architecture, fashion, food and politics. For three hundred years until the early 19th century, the gilded youth of the aristocracy were sent to explore the capitals of Europe to study, see or simply embrace other cultures. The result was a revolution in the way that the British, amongst others, re-imagined their cultural approach. The grand houses and estates of England were transformed, rebuilt in neo-classical styles as the language of architecture was redefined. Interiors were filled with grand European art, objets and furniture influenced by what they had encountered on their travels. Rome was the focal point of any Grand Tour, rich in history spanning several millennia from the Roman Empire to the Renaissance. As a result, the Eternal City’s influence can be seen in the art and architecture the length and breadth of Europe. The essence of the Grand Tour is captured in our approach to Hotel de la Ville’s design and décor, which reflects the objects and art that would have been collected during these iconic trips.