By Charles Dickens
‘Pictures from Italy’ is an account of Charles Dickens’ travels in Italy in 1844. That year, Charles Dickens made a short break from writing novels, and took his family on a few months trip to France and Italy. Needless to say, Dickens visited many of the important sites like Rome, Naples, Genoa, Bologna, Pisa, Siena, Venice and Florence. ‘Pictures from Italy’ is a travelogue in which the author depicts the country and nation of vast contracts, from magnificent buildings to urban plight. Dickens was enamoured by colourful life on Italian streets, and especially carnival. ‘Pictures from Italy’ was published as a book in 1846. This is a very entertaining piece of writing and a must read for all those who love Italy.