Tony Wheeler and Beppe Severgnini

Tony Wheeler and Beppe Severgnini
at La Fenice Opera House
Tony Wheeler and Beppe Severgnini

Travel enthusiasts and literature aficionados alike are in for a treat on October 18th at the Sale Apollinee of La Fenice Theater during the Festival of Ideas. This special event, “Confessions of a Traveler”, promises an engaging evening of exploration, storytelling, and insightful discussions led by two remarkable figures: Tony Wheeler and Beppe Severgnini.

Tony Wheeler, known to many as one of the greatest modern travelers, co-founded the iconic Lonely Planet publishing house. With decades of experience exploring the far corners of the globe, he’s become a symbol of the profound human desire to wander, discover, and connect with the world’s diverse cultures. As Lonely Planet’s co-founder, Wheeler’s influence on the travel industry is immeasurable, and his adventures have inspired countless globetrotters.

In this unique event, Wheeler will share his extraordinary journey through the lens of journalistic curiosity, while engaging in a dynamic dialogue with Beppe Severgnini, a celebrated Corriere della Sera columnist and author. Severgnini’s insightful commentary will complement Wheeler’s travel narratives, creating a rich tapestry of experiences and reflections.

Their conversation will encompass a wide range of topics, from the exploration of remote and lesser-known destinations to the profound significance of travel in our contemporary world. As two voices with distinct perspectives, they will provide fresh insights into the importance of cross-cultural understanding, the joys of adventure, and the pressing issues facing our global society.

Tony Wheeler’s life story is nothing short of remarkable. Born in England and raised in Pakistan and the United States, his transformative journey along the “hippie route” in 1972 led to the creation of Lonely Planet, a publishing powerhouse that has guided travelers for decades. Today, his philanthropic efforts through the Planet Wheeler Foundation continue to make a positive impact in developing countries.

Beppe Severgnini, with his extensive journalistic and literary background, is the ideal partner for this conversation. His insightful columns and best-selling books have resonated with readers worldwide, making him a prominent figure in the world of literature and commentary.

Confessions of a Traveler” promises to be an enlightening and entertaining event that celebrates the spirit of exploration, the power of storytelling, and the enduring allure of travel. It’s an opportunity to embark on a vicarious journey with two luminaries who have dedicated their lives to discovering the wonders of our world and sharing them with others. Don’t miss this extraordinary evening at the Festival of Ideas.


Location: La Fenice Opera House, Venice

Schedule: Oct. 18, 2023

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