Academic year
2021/2022 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
FM0469 (AF:353538 AR:187802)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code
2nd Term
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The course focuses on the main concepts relating to environmental issues affecting tourism, in order to improve students' expertise in analyzing and explaining territorial complexity.
This didactic module, jointly with the one held by Prof. Federica Cavallo, is thereby part of the same course (12 cfu) with common learning outcomes.
Special interest will be devoted to the concept of both environmental and cultural heritage. Rural landscapes, rivescapes and the specific social attitudes will be deeply considered. The most recent dynamics affecting the relationships between urban sprawl and ruralities will be finally considered as noticeable opportunities to project and manage the improvement of local tourism.
The instructional goal of the course is that of developing knowledge about:
- the relevance of the environment as main asset in tourism development, with special regards to natural characters and to cultural heritage.
- the concept of "Heritage"with its manifold aspect, focusing on the specific role of rural and watery landscapes.

The achievement of specific practical and applied skills will concern:
- assessment of fluvial and lagoon landscapes as tourism and recreation assets, evaluating both environmental and aesthetic qualities.
- the role of natural and cultural heritage in planning tourist itineraries.
- the proper use of digital tools to set up a census of natural and cultural heritage in building up local itineraries.
Basic knowledge of concepts and terms of tourism geography.
Students are besides required a basic knowledge of the concept of "Cultural Heritage" and an elemental know-how on digital tools for remote sensing, such as Google Earth, Maps etc.
Heritage concept and touristic supply and demand dynamics will be considered. The course will be paying special attention to environmental and historical heritage protection and management, with special focuses on riversacpes and wetlands. Special attention will be paid to the historical European waterways and to the historical rural landscapes, with special regards to their evolution, focusing besides on their recent recovery as opportunity to develop best practices for sustainable tourism.
Students attending classes:

1) Lessons' notes. (pdf on "Heritage and Torism).
2) Francesco VALLERANI, I piaceri della villa. Vivere e raccontare la campagna tra abbandoni e ritorni, Firenze, Le Monnier, 2021
3) Further printed texts will be available on the Moodle Platform (Pdf on canals and Article in Sustainability 2018).

Students not attending classes:

1) Francesco VALLERANI, I piaceri della villa. Vivere e raccontare la campagna tra abbandoni e ritorni, Firenze, Le Monnier, 2021
2) Francesco VALLERANI, Tra Colli Euganei e laguna veneta. Dal Museo della Navigazione al turismo sostenibile, Venezia, Regione Veneto, 2013 (sarà caricato il pdf nella piattaforma Moodle).
3) Further printed texts will be available in the Moodle Platform (pdf: "Testo su Heritage e Tourism" e Pdf "Article in Sustainability 2018").
The exam will be planned according to the health situation. More details will be provided at the beginning of the course.
Depending on the health situation, teaching should take place in presence with frontal lectures. The specific procedures will be provided in advance.
Attending lectures is highly recommended.

This subject deals with topics related to the macro-area "Natural capital and environmental quality" and contributes to the achievement of one or more goals of U. N. Agenda for Sustainable Development

Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme: 07/07/2021