- Cultural and social history
- History of mobility
- Digital humanities
- Urban history
- Republic of Venice
- Early modern history
Sandra Toffolo is a researcher at the Italian-German Historical Institute in Trento (since 2021). She obtained her PhD at the European University Institute in Florence in 2013. She also studied at the universities of Nijmegen (The Netherlands), Florence, and Perugia.
Between 2013 and 2021 she was a researcher at Villa I Tatti – The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, the University of St Andrews (United Kingdom), the Centre d’Études Supérieures de la Renaissance in Tours (France), the European University Institute, and the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome. She has taught at the University of St Andrews, the Université François-Rabelais in Tours, and the Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici in Florence.
Her research focuses on mobility, space, and the circulation of people, objects, and ideas in the early modern period, with particular emphasis on the Republic of Venice.
She is also chercheur associé at the Centre d’Études Supérieures de la Renaissance in Tours, associate of the Universal Short Title Catalogue (University of St Andrews), and member of the EU Cost Action People in Motion: Entangled Histories of Displacement across the Mediterranean (1492-1923).
Describing the city, describing the state: Representations of Venice and the Venetian Terraferma in the Renaissance (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2020).
Crossroads in early modern Italy: Encounters between foreign travelers and local inhabitants, special issue (co-edited with Marta Albalá Pelegrín) of Annali dell’Istituto storico italo-germanico in Trento / Jahrbuch des italienisch-deutschen historischen Instituts in Trient 49, no. 1 (2023).
Articles and book chapters
‘Encounters in Renaissance Venice: Exchange, communication, and interaction between Jerusalem-bound pilgrims and local inhabitants,’ special issue of Annali dell’Istituto storico italo-germanico in Trento / Jahrbuch des italienisch-deutschen historischen Instituts in Trient 49, no. 1 (2023): 49-72.
(with Marta Albalá Pelegrín) ‘Mobility and interactions between travelers and local residents in the early modern period: An introduction,’ special issue of Annali dell’Istituto storico italo-germanico in Trento / Jahrbuch des italienisch-deutschen historischen Instituts in Trient 49, no. 1 (2023): 9-24.
‘The pilgrim, the city and the book: The role of the mobility of pilgrims in book circulation in Renaissance Venice,’ in: Arthur der Weduwen and Malcolm Walsby eds., The book world of early modern Europe: Essays in honour of Andrew Pettegree, vol. 2 (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2022): 131-153.
‘Pellegrini stranieri e il commercio veneziano nel Rinascimento,’ in: Elisa Gregori ed., Rinascimento fra il Veneto e l’Europa: Questioni, metodi, percorsi (Padova: Cleup, 2018): 263-284.
‘Cities dominated by lions: The fifteenth-century Venetian mainland state depicted by inhabitants of the subject cities,’ Viator: Medieval and Renaissance Studies 46, no. 1 (2015): 305-325.
‘Beschrijvingen van Rome in de middeleeuwen: De Mirabilia urbis Romae,’ Roma Aeterna, special issue ‘Reizen naar Rome’ 3, no. 1-2 (2015): 72-81.
‘Constructing a mainland state in literature: Perceptions of Venice and its Terraferma in Marin Sanudo’s geographical descriptions,’ Renaissance and Reformation / Renaissance et Réforme 37, no. 1 (2014): 5-30.
‘Eten naar stand: De invloed van sociale stratificatie op leefregels in de late middeleeuwen,’ Geschiedenis der Geneeskunde 11, no. 4 (2006): 57-64.