In 1599 Vincenzo Scamozzi, a leading figure of Venetian architecture, traveled to Germany, Switzerland, and France to study European architecture. He recorded his 1600 return journey to Venice from Paris in a journal that is now preserved in the Civic Museum of Vicenza, the northern Italian town where Scamozzi was born in 1548.
In his travel book, the renowned architect diligently wrote down notes and produced sketches that display some of the most incredible examples of French gothic architecture and the technical details of constructing buildings, a process that Scamozzi referred to as a proper kind of science. The sketches are enriched by detailed notes on the materials used in construction sites and their technical features.
The Travel Book of Vincenzo Scamozzi was donated to the manuscript collection of the Bertoliana civic library in Vicenza by Arnaldo I Arnaldi Tornieri and entered the collection of the Civic Museum of Vicenza in 1855.