October 25, 2010

Tourism as a mean of health rehabilitation

Tuscany, Italy

Tourism is not just an interesting thing in our life, but useful, and even necessary.
This is a purposeful journey with stops in the spiritual centers of the world with a view to restoring the health of the tourist.
This opens new aspects of tourism. This view allows you to consider our stay in another country as an opportunity to improve your health. Even when we go to a lot of new places (or move more than in our hometown), a the new landscape/environment brings us to new emotions/feelings – all these actions  within our body are beneficial.

Here we can consider three different aspects of  benefit: cognitive, emotional, and physical.

a) opportunity
. clinics
. mean of therapy
. medicine
b) ergonomics
c) logistics
. step-aerobics

a) change of environment
. as a means of  “switching off” the low state of body and mind
b) body chemistry (Endorfine)   – walking
nature – environment – people

Physical training therapy & food
. food
. fresh air (metabolism  and body training)
. blood eritrocits

While at the same time we provide some suggestins within the classic travelling experience:
– visit pristine places of the world, rich in unique culture and spiritual heritage of antiquity
– cho0se clean areas, ecological food, intimacy with nature
– smooth communication with carriers of unique knowledge in the field of medicine
– individual approach to the tourist in the preparation of his course of rehabilitation
– organized by treatment with the provision of shelter and food

– by Okasana Mironenko, Life Beyond Tourism University Delegate 2010 from Ukraine

Carpathian Mountains, Ukraine

Dolomite Mountains, Italy

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?


July 17, 2008

American students talk about Florence

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Dear Friends,

Yesterday a group of students of an American University who has been studying in Florence for three months had a very interesting meeting at the Gabinetto Vieusseux ( in Palazzo Strozzi.

The meeting was entitled Firenze Immaginata, Firenze Vissuta and they had to talk about the difference between how they had imagined Florence before coming here and how it is in reality after a three months’ stay?

The guys have kept talking for almost two hours and their comments and opinions were very impressive!

Here are some of their considerations about the argument:

“…Which is the element that makes you feel part of Florence? Is it visiting the museums or eating the Bistecca alla Fiorentina in a very expensive restaurant? I don’t think so. I think that when you start living in a place, and you also start working, you start taking part to the daily routine of that place, so you are not a tourist anymore and you don’t behave as you still were it. So, life in Florence is not only going to the museums or doing something special, but it’s also study, work and routine…”

“…Since I live in Florence, I noticed that life is very expensive! One of the main means of livelihood for Florence is tourism, and of course also fashion and luxury, but this is often an outward way of living, because actually many families have financial difficulties and living here is quite hard…”

“…I noticed that there is a strong sense of solidarity between the families of the block of flats where I live. I think that Italian people in general have a great sense of community and neighborhood, and this is different from America, where people live on their own without having any contact with their neighbor…!”

“What I expected to find and what I actually found:

  • The social aspect of Italians: they are very open and dramatic people above all when they discuss something

  • The food culture: for Italian people living is eating, but in the sense that to them the eating time is a time to spend together, a time to share opinions, feelings, etc.

  • The sense of belonging to a place

I also learnt one thing from this experience: imagination is something that you can’t have if you don’t have real life.”

“…Before coming to Florence I had the common stereotypes that everyone has about Italians: pizza, football, mandolino. This is what I imagined, actually I learnt that reality is often very different from imagination. Florence is in fact a very cosmopolitan place where different people from different cultures leave together every day with all the difficulties that come from a similar situation…”

“…How the Florentine people do behave with foreign people? Do they accept the fact that their city is full of foreign people? What do they think about the foreign tourists?…Sometimes it seems to me that they have an attitude to separation from other people…”

“…I am from Angola and I have been living in Florence for 8 years. My idea of Florence has changed a lot during these years. Before coming here I thought that all Italian people were Catholic, but then I suddenly realized that it was an old idea. In fact, I usually go to Mass while my Italian friends meet me later outside the church…”

“…Living in Florence gave me the sensation of being independent and self-governing. When I arrived here I suddenly felt that I could walk around the city without losing myself and in an autonomous way. Florence transmits a sense of safety and independence…”

“…Every place in the World is different from all the others and it’s unique, and every place communicates something different and peculiar…”

“…To deepen your own knowledge of a place you need to feel the spirit of that place and immerse yourself in the local customs and culture…”

“..To get in contact with a place you need time and patience, you need to be curious and investigating, you need to listen to that place…”

“…To understand a city you can observe people in their daily actions, such as waiting for a bus, going to work, etc…”.


These are just some of the ideas that came out yesterday during this meeting and we would be very happy if these guys wrote other comments on our blog!!!

The IMAGINATION/REALITY theme is very important to understand many things on people and places and to realize how easy it is to generate stereotypes in general.

How can we avoid to be superficial in our judgements?…

Think about it!


July 15, 2008

Thought of the day

Hello blog friends!!!

Have a look at this “thought of the day”…

“…Tourism provides an opportunity for getting to know the spirit of a place and its identity…”

What do you think about it? Leave your comments and we’ll be very curious to read them!!!

If you want to know more about this new vision of tourism, visit our website and if you like travelling you can also have a look at

Have a nice day!!!

June 20, 2008

From now all your best mails online

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Read comments and interesting suggestions from other travellers!!

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