The timeless art of suckering tourists. Armed with “authentic” engravings of Roman monuments, a 17th-century Swiss Guardsman plied his trade

by Victor Plahte Tschudi Cambridge University Press, 300 pp., $99.99 Metropolitan Museum of Art Giovanni Alto showing off the sights of Rome; engraving by Francesco Villamena, 1613 For several decades in the early seventeenth century, German-speaking visitors to Rome could tour the city with a strapping Swiss Guard named Hans Rudolf Heinrich Hoch, who liked to use the Italian version of his name, Giovanni Alto—Tall John.

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