The tourist-religious mobility of the “silver-haired people”. The case of Pietrelcina (BN)

  • Rosa Anna La Rocca University of Naples Federico II Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
  • Romano Fistola Department of Engineering University of Sannio
Keywords: elderly people, silver tourism, accessibility, coultural territorial network

Abstract

This study deals with religious tourism as a particular social and cultural activity attaining high levels of interest also in the scienti c context. Within this form of tourism, the segment of “senior travelers” plays an important role considering the increase of the popula- tion aging phenomenon. Although there is not yet a unique and shared de nition of senior tourism, it is possible to outline some char- acteristics to de ne this speci c form of use of the urban system. The case study of Pietrelcina (BN) in Campania has been considered as a meaningful example of international religious pole connected to San Pio cult. In this regard, the study is aimed to explore the possibilities of de ning territorial strategies for the promotion of territorial resources. The main objective of this study is to overcome the sectorial approach, based on the “mono-pole supply” (the organization of tourist ows “exclusively oriented”, centralized in the most popular destination), suggesting a systemic-territorial supply recon guration aimed at improving the accessibility to older slow tourism. The study, thus, proposes a recon guration of the territorial organization in order to pre gure a systemic territorial-supply aimed at improving particularly accessibility referred to older slow tourism. Slow tourism as innovative form of territorial use could improve the relationship between tourism and territory that was the original sense of pilgrimage.

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Author Biographies

Rosa Anna La Rocca, University of Naples Federico II Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

PhD in Urban Town Planning and Territorial Science, researcher of the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering at the University of Naples Federico II . Her research activities mostly focus on three lines: the relation technological innovation and urban transformations; integration between city, mobility and environment, particularly referred to the sustainability issues; urban phenomena that can impact the organization of urban systems, especially refereed to the tourism activities inside the city. 

Romano Fistola, Department of Engineering University of Sannio
Associate professor of Urban Planning Technique and Government of Territorial Transformation at the University of Sannio. His researches concern the field of city and territory sciences focusing on three main topics: the relationship between technological innovation and urban transformation, urban and territorial risk, the systemic interpretation of the city.

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Published
2018-10-16
How to Cite
La Rocca, R. A., & Fistola, R. (2018). The tourist-religious mobility of the “silver-haired people”. The case of Pietrelcina (BN). Tema - Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment, 67-84. https://doi.org/10.6092/1970-9870/5767
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Special Issue 2018. SIET Elderly mobility