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Lonely Planet 'snubs' the Colosseum and ranks it 7th

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Rome - The latest edition of the "Ultimate Travelist", ranking the 50 places that travellers "MUST SEE" posted by the users of the Lonely Planet, the 'Bible' of planetary tour guides, has a bitter surprise in store for Italy, although it also leaves some doubts as to the readers' tastes.

To find anything Italian on the list you have to go down to seventh place - the position of what was once the icon of collective imagination: the Colosseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, which is cited on its own, with no mention to the city of Rome that hosts it. The tastes of modern travellers, in the era of apps and the internet, have evidently changed - not only compared to the tastes of the offspring of well-to-do families who took a 'Grand Tour' through Italy between 1660 and 1840, but also to the children of bourgeois families who toured the world equipped with the unmistakable red-cover guide by German publisher Karl Baedeker, which was first published in 1827 and which, at that time, gave preference to the 'Boot', even if it had not been united yet. (AGI)

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