VIAGGIATORI NEL TEMPO #5_Il fascino romantico della Cascata
Pubblicata il 07 Ottobre 2017
THE ROMANTIC CHARM OF THE WATERFALL

Considered as imminent threats, insuperable obstacles to the human activities, natural marvels to fear and to watch, the Waterfalls in the middle of the XVIII centuries began to intrigue young people and curious travellers who found the inspiritations for new genre of novels...

In the Spring of the 1739, the english poet Thomas Gray was invited to the noble and novelist, Horace Walpole, to travel through France and Italy until the 1741. The two young poets untertake the usual route of the Grand Tour. Grays wrote the observations about what they saw. From the observations of his art works, we understand his inclinations about enthusiasm that today is the novel of Walpole (the famous gothic novel The Otranto Castle) and told about an educational tour in Italy that, at that time, was addressed exclusively to admire the classic ruins.

It has been observed, in particular, from historicians of the Anglo-saxon literature, that anyone, since Milton, The Travel in Italy could be educational and congenial, in relation to the travel of Walpole and Gray. The Marmore Falls,was already known before thanks to the Byron's ode, chose as place of inspiriation.

Thanks to the Gray's correspondence we know that the two young people reached Terni. He sad: “here is that noble cascade, which is allowed to fall from a much greater height, than that at Tivoli, but of this I could form mo ocular judgment, having only seen the latter”.

We don't have anything of Walpole about this visit, and we don't know if they saw the most famous italian Falls of that time, but what we can affirm is that this kind of excursions had in their programs. It is worth, however, why the pioneer of the gothic novel had to chose the city of Terni to see the Marmore Falls.

The passion for the Waterfalls soon influenced also the artists, and they also come across the channel.

Saverio Ricci
Art Historicians and Tour Guide

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