Exhibition "Emilio Balli's Around the World 1878-1879"



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Inspired by Jules Verne's freshly printed (1872) book "Around the World in 80 Days," Emilio Balli made his own journey at the age of 23 in 1878, more than three hundred years after Magellan's first circumnavigation of the earth (1519-1522). Few people could afford it. A native Cavergnese, but with a successful family history behind him, Emilio embarks on this adventure, driven by the curiosity of the young naturalist, enterprising and eager to discover the world. Above all, he is endowed with uncommon courage. The trip then takes on unique importance in that together with six others promoted during the same period (1870-1879), it will represent the advent of the globalization of tourism. Documenting this incredible experience, in addition to a valuable diary, a rich epistolary, and 14 photo albums, is a precious series of items sent home and scrupulously rearranged and preserved within the household walls for over one hundred and forty years. Thanks to the willingness of the heirs, the Valmaggia Museum is now the first to have the privilege of being able to show them to the public in an exhibition of great significance and prestige.


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