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Mark Twain still inspires travels to Italy

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Gondolas bunch up in a traffic jam on the narrow canals of Venice. Some travelers head to Italy inspired by Mark Twain's "The Innocents Abroad," his classic "record of a pleasure trip."

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A view from the Bridge of Sighs onto the canals of Venice, Italy.

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A man looks at the spires of the Milan cathedral. Mark Twain's 1869 "The Innocents Abroad" inspires some people to travel abroad.

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Water traffic bustles on the Grande Canale in the heart of Venice.

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Tourists at the Palace of the Doges in the heart of Venice, Italy.

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Gondolas jockey for position on the Grande Canale in Venice.

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A man takes a picture on the rooftop of the Milan cathedral.

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I came to Italy to test a French adage by way of an American writer, Mark Twain. The more things change, the more they remain the same. The saying had been on my mind while traveling before, usually with a book from the past clutched in my hands. Now came another test: travel through northern Italy with a copy of Twain's 1869 "The Innocents Abroad," his irreverent "record of a pleasure trip" to Paris, the Mediterranean and Jerusalem.
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    • Gondolas bunch up in a traffic jam on the narrow canals of Venice. Some travelers head to Italy inspired by Mark Twain’s “The Innocents Abroad,” his classic “record of a pleasure trip.”
    • A view from the Bridge of Sighs onto the canals of Venice, Italy.
    • A man looks at the spires of the Milan cathedral. Mark Twain’s 1869 “The Innocents Abroad” inspires some people to travel abroad.
    • Water traffic bustles on the Grande Canale in the heart of Venice.
    • Tourists at the Palace of the Doges in the heart of Venice, Italy.
    • Gondolas jockey for position on the Grande Canale in Venice.
    • A man takes a picture on the rooftop of the Milan cathedral.
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