At the age of nineteen, on 19 June 1780, William Beckford set sail from Margate on a ten-month tour of Europe in the company of his tutor Rev. John Lettice. The first part of the tour included visits to Ostend, Antwerp, the Hague, Haerlem, Amsterdam, Utrecht, Cologne, Bonn, Manheim, Munich, Mittenvald, Bergine, and final arrival in Italy. The second part of the tour included visits to Venice, Torcello, Padua, Arqua, Verona, Mantua, Pisa, Florence, Valombrosa, Rome, Pompeii, Naples. The third part of the tour was the return journey by way of the Tyrol mountains in the depth of winter and a two month stay in Paris. Beckford arrived back at Fonthill Splendens during April 1781 and immediately set about developing his brief tour diary notes …
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