November 24, 2010

Live again Kratky’s photo-exhibition in Florence!

During the week of November 15, 2010 until November 21, 2010, we had the pleasure of attending a photo exhibition by a Czech photographer, Frantisek Kratky. The exhibition was held at the Auditorium al Duomo, right  in  the centre of Florence, and is another part of our expanding Life Beyond Tourism project.

The exhibition formally opened on the evening of November 15, where guests that included students, professors, and people from around the world, could stop in to enjoy this nostalgic exhibition.

The exhibition showed Italy during the late nineteenth century and is titled: Italy 1897 Stereotypical Views of the Bohemian Photographer Frantisek Kratky. This exhibition was in collaboration with the Honorary Consulate of the Czech Republic of Tuscany, led by Giovanna Dani Del Bianco.

Many students and professors from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, and several other countries, attended the event to support this beautiful cultural encounter. Although this exhibition reveals breathtaking photos of Italy’s major cities such as Rome, Florence, and Venice during the nineteenth century, there is more to their histories than just the interesting pictures. This event represents one of the primary aspects and goals of Life Beyond Tourism. It demonstrates the establishment of a cultural link between Italy and the Czech Republic and reveals how a man such as Kratky is extremely interested in discovering a culture other than his own. The manifestation conveyed more than just the major tourist attractions of Italy at the time, such as Brunelleschi’s Dome and Saint Peter’s Square. It instead revealed beyond the gorgeous architecture and into the deeper culture of Italy such as its people on the streets, the animals in the countryside, and the way the two interacted during the time period. It is here that one’s life beyond tourism actually begins. It is only when one starts to interact directly with the culture and environment in which they are surrounded, that they can create an intercultural dialogue that establishes a powerful link between two cultures.

Article by Lauren Di Bartolomeo, United States – Life Beyond Tourism University Delegate 2010

June 16, 2010

Life Beyond Tourism and Rotary Club Firenze Brunelleschi

New collaboration between Life Beyond Tourism and the Rotary Club Firenze Brunelleschi: the activities of the Rotary Camp Firenze Brunelleschi 2010 will include the participation to the Life Beyond Tourism Photoblog, and to other Life Beyond Tourism initiatives. As a matter of  fact, motto of the Rotary Camp Firenze Brunelleschi2010 edition is “Together for intercultural dialogue”.
View here the official website of the Rotary Camp 2010.

Go to the Rotary Camp Session on the Photoblog

E’ recentemente nata una collaborazione tra Life Beyond Tourism e il Rotary Club Firenze Brunelleschi: le attività del Rotary Camp Firenze Brunelleschi 2010 comprenderanno infatti la partecipazione dei giovani al Photoblog Life Beyond Tourism, e ad altre iniziatve proposte da Life Beyond Tourism. Il motto dell’edizione 2010 del Rotary Camp Firenze Brunelleschi è “Insieme per il dialogo interculturale”.
Clicca qui per vedere il sito ufficiale del Rotary Camp 2010.

Accedi alla sezione ‘Rotary Camp’ del Photoblog

October 23, 2009

July 14, 2009


Hey bloggers,

while keeping on posting and sharing our travelling experiences, we would like to share with you the Life Beyond Tourim’s  principles, which are summarized in the Manifesto below.

We have created one page for each one of the Manifesto’s principles, and we would like you to pick one argument up in order to take an active role in the  definition of, and discussion on, the Life Beyond Tourism project!!

  1. Tourism is a crucial source of prosperity
    (click here to view #1’s page)

  2. Tourism provides an opportunity for getting to know
    . spirit of place
    . cultural diversity
    . traditional knowledge

    (cklick here to view #2’s page)

  3. Tourism in its various forms goes way beyond the mere satisfying of personal needs
    (cklick here to view # 3’s page)

  4. People working in the tourist industry foster awareness of spirit of place and of intercultural dialogue
    (click here to view #4’s  page)
  5. The tourist is a potential harbinger of  knowledge and of intercultural dialogue
    (click here to view #5’s  page)

  6. The tourist’s destination is a workshop of knowledge providing all visitors with an opportunity for personal growth
    (click here to view #6’s  page)

  7. Workshops for knowledge trigger a demand for increasingly high quality products not only in consumer services but also, and above all, in value-related terms
    (click here to view #7’s  page)
  8. Architectural, urban and environmental planning and management need to foster ‘knowledge’ and ‘intercultural dialogue’
    (click here to view #8’s  page)

November 20, 2008

“Degree and Profession” and The Tourist City


From the 14th to the 19th of March took place  the first “International Regional Festival – Degree & Profession” in Baku, Azerbaijan, on the subject of  Traditional Islamic Architecture.
Participants from 6 countries came together for four days to listen to conferences and discuss regarding the Architecture and the Conservation of Heritage.
The energy of more then 100 participants, students, graduates, professionals and professors created an event that will be a milestone for the Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation, and its mission “For Intercultural Dialogue – Life Beyond Tourism”, showing how coming together under a common goal can break down the barriers.

More than 25 degree project were presented (Degree, Master, and PhD), and winners were selected to come to Florence for a stage-period: Timur Kiryashov, Nurlan Koishanbaev, Leyla Shiraliyeva and Cavid Mammadov.

Baku is the 2009 Capital of  Islamic Culture!!


Florence, Italy

Dear Blog Friends,

Last week in Florence the Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation promoted an International Festival called Degree & Profession, an important meeting for students, graduates, companies, professors, universities and professionals having the chance to share their own knowledge and experiences.

This Festival was rich of conferences, workshops, and other interesting events related to the worlds of school, workculture, architecture, and, of course, TOURISM.
In particular, there was a very interesting workshop about tourism which was intitled The Tourist City, conducted by the Professor Ray Hutchinson from the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, U.S.A.


Tbilisi, Georgia

The participants to this workshop were people from all over the world, coming from Georgia, America, Italia, Iran, Estonia, Serbia, Russia, etc., and they were all experts in the field of tourism. Their works were all about the relation between their cities of origin and tourism, in the sense that tourism is a very important aspect for the growth of their economy and for a social and cultural growth too.


New York, U.S.A

It was very interesting to notice how different was the approach of each participant to this argument, and how different was their concept of tourism applied to each one of their cities.
In fact, we can’t talk about New York as a tourist city in the same way as we talk about Tbilisi (the capital of Georgia) as a tourist city, because each place has its own features and characteristics, its history, culture and economy. Therefore, every place has got its own tourism, in the sense that tourism depends on the resources that a particular place can offer to tourists.

For example, New York is a great business city and is so organized and structured that tourists often visit it simply to say “I have been to New York!”. In this case we don’t need to do more to improve tourism in this city or to promote its features because it already does it by itself.
Instead, there are places like Estonia or Iran which are not so well known, which need to be promoted by a different kind of tourism that focuses on their historical, cultural or landascape characteristics.


Belgrado, Serbia

Another interesting point was the intercultural dialogue established by the participants to this workshop. Everyone talked about his country and at the same time interacted and shared his knowledge with the others and learnt about different cultures, cities and realities. They shared their point of view and discussed about different ways of “making tourism” and different experiences and stories.
Again, New York has got a very different culture and history compared to Florence which has got its very personal history too.


Yazd, Iran

In conclusion, every place in the world is worth to be visited and known because of its own features, culture and history. If we want to avoid mass tourism we should visit both the most famous places and the less famous ones because we could happen to be amazed by the beauty of some of these places!

What do you think about it?


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