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Life beyond tourism travel to dialogue

heritage as a builder of peace
Life Beyond Tourism Movimento
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Slow tourism
Urban design

Course overview

Starting from the definitions of heritage and of intercultural dialogue, the course is aimed at giving the basis for understanding the main concepts of the Life Beyond Tourism research which sees heritage as a tool to create important opportunities of intercultural dialogue. Furthermore, the course gives the tools to decline this opportunity into a challenge for the design process at the architectural and urban scale.

Life Beyond Tourism is a research created by the Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation and developed, since 2007, with the Foundation’s international network of experts. All the results of the research are published in books and scientific articles.

Life Beyond Tourism is recognized, among the many international institutions, by UNESCO, ICCROM and ICOMOS.

Structure of the course

The course is divided in 3 modules: the first, with two lectures, gives an introduction to the course with the conceptual scope and terminology. The second, also this made of two lectures, deals with the topic of the influence of tourism on a site with its risks and opportunities. Finally, the third is made of three lectures and explores the Life Beyond Tourism world from its beginnings to its milestones.

Along the course students will be asked to make simple researches, browsing on the internet, to find on their own new possible examples to create their own references.


Students can access to the Life Beyond Tourism bibliography on the Life Beyond Tourism portal.

Evaluation method

The evaluation will be a multiple answers questionnaire and students will receive a certificate of attendance and successful completion of the course.

For whom

The course is designed for architects, planners, heritage managers who want to have a broader and more attentive look at the issues of sustainable city development, a careful travel supply chain and the role of heritage to create opportunities for intercultural dialogue. Life Beyond Tourism collects, communicates and enhances the cultural expressions of the individual territories, enhancing their identity and cultural landscape.


The modules are:

Module 1. Introduction:

1.1 Course contents

1.2 Conceptual scope and terminology

Module 2. The influence of tourism on a site

2.1 Travel: risks and opportunities

2.2 Intercultural dialogue: the opportunity through heritage and travel

Module 3. The Life Beyond Tourism case study

3.1 Origins and development of the research

3.2 World Heritage Sites for Dialogue

3.3 The Life Beyond Tourism Movement

Basic literature

Board Members of the Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco, I Siti per il Dialogo. Il Patrimonio per il Dialogo Interculturale con il Viaggio Life Beyond Tourism®, Firenze, Masso Delle Fate, 2016

Corinna Del Bianco, Life Beyond Tourism® for Territories Valorisation, in Giuseppe Amoruso (edited by), Putting Tradition into Practice: Heritage, Place and Design, Proceedings of 5th INTBAU International Annual Event, Milano, Springer, 2017, pp. 1087-1093

Board Members of the Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco, La Certificazione per il Dialogo tra Culture – Life Beyond Tourism® nei siti patrimonio mondiale – Workbook, 20th General Assembly of the International Experts of the Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco®, Firenze, Nardini Editore, 2018

Corinna Del Bianco The Life Beyond Tourism Glossary, in collaboration with Aurora Savelli, Firenze, Nardini Editore, 2018

Board Members of the Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco, Il Patrimonio Mondiale Costruttore di Pace con il Movimento Life Beyond Tourism – Edizione 2019 – book in 3 languages, various authors, edited by Corinna Del Bianco, Firenze, Life Beyond Tourism Edizioni, 2019

Further readings

UNESCO Convention, UNESCO, Paris, 1972

ICOMOS, Nara Declaration on Authenticity, ICOMOS, Paris, 1994

ICOMOS, International Cultural Tourism Charter – Managing Tourism at Places of Heritage Significance, ICOMOS, Paris, 1999

UNWTO, Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, UNWTO, Madrid, 2001

UNESCO, Convention on Intangible Heritage, UNESCO, Paris, 2003

Council of Europe, Faro Convention, UNESCO, Paris, 2005

UNESCO, New life for historic cities, the historic urban landscape approach explained, UNESCO, Paris, 2013

Pillai Janet, Cultural Mapping, SIRD, Selangor, 2013

UNESCO, World Heritage in Europe Today, Paris, 2016

UNESCO, Operational Guidelines for the implementation of the World Heritage Convention, UNESCO, Paris

UNESCO, Tourism Management at UNESCO World Heritage Sites, UNESCO, Paris, 2018

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