• The article begins with a brief presentation of the presence of English tourists in Italy, starting from the tradition of the Grand Tour to the mass tourism beginning in the mid-19th century. One of the English tourists who arrived in Italy was Edward Morgan Forster. The article concentrates on the influence of Italy upon Forster’s oeuvre, drawing upon the writer’s memoirs and speeches. This part of the article concentrates upon the image of Italy to be found in Forster’s works, often neglected in critical writings. The main part of the article is an analysis of his short story “The Eternal Moment” presented as an early example of the critical attitude towards the unexpected results of intercultural contacts. The analysis concentrates upon the multifaceted introduction of motifs connected with destruction brought unconsciously by foreign tourists.