Pictures from Italy – 1846 – a minor work
|Charles, his wife Catherine, their five children, his sister-in-law Georgina and Louis Roche set off in a large coach in July 1844. They rented a house in Genoa but this proved unsatisfactory and they moved into the Palazzo Peschiere.|
The Palazzo Peschiere
While there he wrote The Chimes, a Christmas book, inspired by the constant chiming of bells in Genoa. Dickens travelled back to London to get it published, and returned to Genoa by Christmas 1844.
In 1845 he left the children with his sister-in-law and he and Catherine visited Pisa and Rome, he visited Herculaneum and Pompeii, even scaling Vesuvius.
He was critical of the Pope, Gregory XVI, and the ceremonies of Holy Week on his return to Rome.
The Dickens family returned home in June 1845.
His Pictures from Italy was published in 1846 in the Daily News from January to March and then issued in one volume.