This route adopts the form of a tour of cities represented, imagined and narrated, establishing a dialogue between the novel Invisible Cities (Italy, 1972) by Italo Calvino and selected works in the collection. Like curious travellers, we embark on a journey, an encounter, fleeing through the visible cities at the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza and creating a dialogue with those imagined by the writer.

Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities are constructed around the journeys that Marco Polo recounts to the Great Khan. The character of Marco Polo— the thread of the discourse and architect of the imaginary universe of the tales—is inspired by the famous Venetian explorer, who is largely portrayed as a character whose curiosity and thirst to understand “the reasons which bring men to live in cities”1 make him practically an alter ego in the writer’s quests.

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