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Palermo, April 2 1787

Johann Wolfgang Goethe’s Italienische Reise is not a travel guide. He gives us an autobiographical account of a turning point in his life. Unhappy with his work in the Weimar administration and in his relationship with Charlotte von Stein, he steals away to the South. Following in his father’s footsteps who toured Italy in 1740, he sets out for Rome and Roman antiquity from Karlsbad on September 3 1786 at three in the morning to recharge and accumulate a lifetime of experiences to draw from. → Read More