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Fiorella Dallari

Alma Mater honorary professor

Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna

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Fiorella Dallari is Associate Professor of Political and Economic Geography since 2004 at the Rimini Campus of the Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna; since 1972 he has started his research activity and since 1980 he has been teaching in the field of geography (disciplinary sector M-GGR / 02), with national qualification of the full professor (2012).

Research interests include Geography of Tourism, Economic and Political Geography and Regional Geography. She is author of over 150 publications, 5 of which are books. Currently, the analysis covers the following main themes:

  • Local and Sustainable Development
  • Heritage for a Sustainable Tourism
  • Pilgrimages, Cultural Itineraries and Historic Routes
  • Cooperation and Sustainable and Responsible Tourism
  • Heritage for Citizenship and Social Partecipation
  • Unesco Heritage for Religious and Rituals

With reference to Geography of Tourism and Heritage, a first stage of the research work focussed on territorial phenomena. The geographic approach tends to highlight natural and human aspects suitable to support the local development. It also outlines the conditions useful to achieve a more balanced man-environment relationship, which was also the focus of several studies conducted by Fiorella Dallari since the early 90's, in collaboration with country-level research groups. Emphasis was placed on territorial reclaiming (both at the urban and rural scale), addressing landscape and sustainable development issues. The research was carried out within the framework of dissimilar contexts, showing different levels of complexity and backgrounds, also taking into account recent developments in political strategies, both in industrialized and developing countries. A series of studies on urban marketing and territorial development is currently underway. The analysis applies to a territorial entity meant as local system with regard to tourist and cultural districts, local accommodation systems and tourist-cultural itineraries, considered as priority objectives in territorial policies and planning strategies at the international scale. The results of the research have been presented at several national and international conventions and workshops. Fiorella Dallari has also organized and taken part as invited lecturer in several national and international meetings (about 40 over the last 4 years). The cultural and religious heritage and the historical-cultural roads are acquiring a growing importance in research, as demonstrated by the stronger ties with UNESCO, the ICOMOS, the European Institute of Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe, Europa Nostra and others.

She has been in charge of the Unitwin International Network (2003-2017), in connection with the UNESCO Chair of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne "Culture, Tourism, Development", on behalf of the University of Bologna. She is also a representative for relations with other Universities at the national scale.

Sustainable development and urban and territorial complexity are suitable to a Geographic analysis which relates to both Geography of Tourism and Economic Geography, as the studies on urban requalification and reflections upon a strategical management of the territory demonstrate.

As for Economic Geography, the research has fronted topics such as environment heritage, cultural and natural heritage, valorization and local development processes. The research is based on an integrated concept of Natural and Cultural Resources, as a heritage to be preserved and handed down to future generations. In addition, the analysis implies an assessment of such heritage in economic terms. The evaluation is based on the assumption that a concrete valorization of the territory, able to produce the conditions for a long-term participated conservation of both tangible and intangible heritage, is indissolubly linked with a cultural fruition of the territory (Heritage), thus bringing about economic effects both in advanced and developing countries. Such concept provides a complete vision of the heritage, which is considered here as an endogenous resource fostering developing processes within territorial local systems. A collaboration with Paris1 she has been initiated in October 2000 (Maison des Sciences Economiques, Paris 1 Sorbona), in order to set up a research program on the economic management of the Cultural Heritage, also attempting to identify methods useful for the implementation and cartographical representation of tourist itineraries. For this purpose, the undersigned has taken part in a G.I.S. program preparation course and in the seminars “Gis and the local territorial systems”. She has equipped a laboratory with G.I.S. software applications, where she carries out teaching activities and simulations of innovative tourist products for the geographical teachings of the courses Economics of Tourism (Rimini branch).

The theme of the cultural and tourist district has been integrated with the studies carried out over the last decade on local territorial systems and industrial districts, deemed to be the privileged models of spatial aggregation within processes of regionalization and implementation of system-areas. The main objective of the research consists in the identification of spatial models of sustainable development suitable to be used either as territorial applications or as specific tools supporting territorial policies. The identification of spatial models of sustainable development, such as cultural itineraries and tourist routes, able to be applied to the territory or to support territorial policies represents the basic objective of current research.

In 2009, he received the Adalberto Vallega Award (4th International Congress “Science and Technology for the Safeguard of Cultural Heritage of the Mediterranean”, Cairo, 2009) awarded by AIC-EACH (Euro Mediterranean Agency for Cultural Heritage) Project and by the Geographical Society Italian, for innovative research dedicated to cultural heritage and in particular for the design and application approach in studies aimed at cultural itineraries in Europe and in the Mediterranean basin.

With reference to research activities, Fiorella Dallari was responsible for:

  1. MIUR Local Unit (1994): Foreign immigration in Italy: reasons for the exodus and territorial consequences in the destination areas, Giovanna Brunetta, Scientific Coordinator of Research Program.
  2. MIUR Local Unit (1995): Foreign immigration in Emilia-Romagna, Graziano Rotondi, Scientific Coordinator of Research Program.
  3. MIUR Local Unit (1996): Foreign immigration in Emilia-Romagna, Graziano Rotondi, Scientific Coordinator of Research Program.
  4. 60% funds quota: Wetlands and water landscape, between territorial pproject and sustainable development (1997-99).
  5. 60% funds quota: Local systems and territorial development (2000-02).
  6. PRIN Local Unit (2002): Systems of local tourism offer and local development policies, ( ), within PRIN-2002 National Research, Tourism and Production Growth: Local Factors and Territorial Competitiveness (National Responsible: prof. Attilio Celant, La Sapienza University - Rome). The research activity was completed in December 2004. F. Dallari organized the international meeting “Tourism between local development and interregional cooperation” (Rimini, May 28,29,30 2004, ). Proceedings of the meeting have been regularly published.
  7. 60% quota: Local Systems and regional development within the enlarged European Union.
  8. Research fellowship: Tourist Local Systems and territorial development, University of Bologna, Department of Economics (2004-2005-2006), granted to Phd Alessia Mariotti.
  9. Research Project, financed by the International Relations Unit of the University of Bologna with the aim to carry out a series of field missions on the island of Gore'. The surveys were conducted and completed by a few collaborators, whose researches have been presented at a national and international scale (2003-2005).
  10. Fundamental Oriented Research (ex 60% quota): Governance and local development. The Italian Regions' best practices within the EU context (2004-2006).
  11. PRIN Local Unit 2005, Territorial Accomodation and Innovation. New Regional Scenarios of Sustainability ( ), within the National Research PRIN-2005, Tourism Development and Territorial Trasformations. Urban Areas, Ecosystems and Regional Complexity, (National Responsible: prof. Attilio Celant, La Sapienza University - Rome). In this context, she organized the following events:
    1. Training Course, Indicators as priviledged tools for tourism development management (Rimini, May 29, 2006), held by Prof. Alfonso Russi.
    2. International Meeting , Soul journeys. Culture and territory, Poggiardo, October 6-7, 2006. A report was presented during the meeting.The event also resulted in the publication of the proceedings. ( ).
    3. International Meeting , Tourism and Tourisms.What typologies of Italian tourism for an international market?, Modena, May 18-19, 2007. A report was presented during the meeting. The event also resulted int the publication of the proceedings ( ).
  12. Fundamental Oriented Research (ex-quota 60%), Local development, heritage and cultural itineraries, (2007-08).
  13. Unitwin International Network (2003-2017), in connection with the UNESCO Chair of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne "Culture, Tourism, Development", on behalf of the University of Bologna.
  14. MESA-ROMIT (Mediterranean South Areas Roman Itineraries) Research Program in collaboration with the UNITWIN International Network, connected with the UNESCO Chair of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne "Culture, Tourism, Development” (2996-2010).
  15. Tourism Pathologies and Best Practices, with AITR (the Italian Association for a Responsible Tourism), UNITWIN international network in connection with the UNESCO Chair of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne "Culture, Tourism, Development” and the Superior School of Tourist Sciences-Unibo.
  16. The journey of Hannibal, Program in collaboration with UNITWIN international network, also in association with the UNESCO Chair of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne "Culture, Tourism, Development and the Superior School of Tourist Sciences – Unibo (2007-2009).,
  17. Research fellowship: The Geograpfical Information Systems and Territorial Development. Projects for the Local Development and Interregional Cooperation, granted to Phd Enza Zabbini (2007-2012).
  18. Research fellowship “New consumption itineraries in Emilia-Romagna. Policies and practices of adaptation in the processes of transformation of the tourist-commercial system of a mass destination", granted to Phd Chiara Rabbiosi (Department of Sciences for the Quality of Life, 2012-2017).

She especially took part in:

  1. MIUR Local Unit, 1997 (Responsible: Carlo Cencini): A sustainable development for the Pianura Padano-Veneta Regional System, Scientific Research Coordinator: Bruno Menegatti.
  2. PRIN Local Unit, 1999: The reclaiming of the urban environment in Emilia-Romagna, (National Responsible prof. U. Leone, University of Naples Federico II, Local Unit Coordinator S. Gaddoni).
  3. PRIN Local Unit, 2001: The reclaiming of the urban environment in Emilia-Romagna. Environment and culture: a strategic contribution (National Coordinator prof. U. Leone, University of Naples Federico II, Local Unit Coordinator: S. Gaddoni).
  4. PRIN Local Unit, 2002: Disused areas and open spaces: emerging landscapes in Italy (National Coordinator prof. U. Leone, University of Naples Federico II, Local Unit Coordinator: S. Gaddoni).
  5. PRIN Local Unit, 2004, Landscape conservation and requalification, open spaces and biodiversity: best practises of urban governance in Emilia Romagna (National Coordinator prof. T. D' Aponte, University of Naples. Local Unit Coordinator: S. Gaddoni). The project also included the organization of the Meeting: Sustainability and urban governance. Emilia-Romagna, between theory and good practices, Bologna, June 15, 2006.
  6. Program INTERREG IIIB- CADSES, ROMIT ( ), Roman Itineraries (Leading Partner: Province and Municipality of Rimini, 2005).
  7. Member (2005-2016) of the Italian Geography Teachers Association of Emilia-Romagna Scientific Committee ( [] ). She arranged the 49th AIIG National Meeting, the 1st AIIG Junior Members Meeting Emilia-Romagna, a region of cohesion and hospitality, (Rimini, October 20-24 2006) and the international exhibition, The Paper Women, hosted at the Museum of Rimini( ). The event resulted in the publication of the related proceedings.
  8. Program TEMPUS, Project title: CHTMBAL Network for Post Graduate Masters in Cultural Heritage and Tourism Management in Balkan Countries (2007)
  9. Representative for the Department of Economics (University of Bologna) at the Superior School of Tourism Sciences, (Scientific Didactic Pole of Rimini, Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna) and a member of the Executive Committee (2008-2013).
  10. EU Project TERA [] / - Territorial aspects of Enterprise development in Remote Rural Areas (Responsible: prof.ssa Anna Soci, University of Bologna, Department of Economics, 2009).
  11. EU Project ERNEST (Partner Emilia-Romagna Region) with planning 3 workshops about social dialogue (2010-11-12).
  12. Scientific Committee of Italian Society of Geography and responsible of Cultural Itineraries and Tourism (2012-2016).
  13. Partner di European Project "Via Francigena and the Pilgrimage Ways. This is Europe" PER VIAM - Pilgrims' Routes in Action (partner) with planning 7 workshops (Pavia, Barcellona, Parigi, Roma, Lucca, Lecce and Rimini) and EUNeK Network (www. [] ) (2011-2013).
  14. European Program ATRIUM (capofila Comune di Forlì e co-partner CAST dell'Ateneo, 2012)
  15. ProgramSTAR (partner Emilia-Romagna Region, expert CAST, 2014).

Fiorella Dallari is currently in charge of

  1. Since 2009, Chief-Editor of the online magazine AlmaTourism. Journal of Tourism, Culture and Territorial Development ( ).
  2. Since 2011, the Italian Geographic Society of the Cultural Routes and Tourism sector.
  3. Since 2011 he has been a founding member of the Vi @ magazine, of the UNESCO / UNITWIN Network “Culture, Tourism, Development” of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne.
  4. Since 2012 head of the European Universities Network of Knowledge (
  5. Since 2012 expert of the Scientific Committee of the Chemins of San Martino di Tours (Route de Council of Europe).
  6. Since 2015 responsible and coordinator of the Scientific Committee of the European Association of the Vie Francigene (Council of Europe Itinerary;
  7. Since 2016 member of the Advisory Board of Europa Nostra.
  8. Since 2017 the coordination of the activities related to tourism on the group of Italian UNESCO chairs "Landscaping, Urban Sustainability, Tourism" (TEST).
  9. Since 2018, delegate of Italy - Advisory Council of the World Gastronomy Institute (WGI []).
  10. Since 2018, member of the International Scientific Committee on Places of Religious and Ritual (PRERICO) - ICOMOS.
  11. Since 2018 the coordination of the European Romea Strata Scientific Committee in progress (I Cammini d'Italia - MIBACT).
  12. Since 2018 he has been responsible for the "Heritege pour la Citoyenneté" project between the Gaston Berger University of Saint Louis (Senegal) and the CAST - Unibo.
  13. Since 2018 responsible for the project "Heritage of European Universities. Responsibilities and potentialities for tourism and for the European cities "with the participation of the network of European universities composed of Alma Mater Studiorum- Bologna, Paris1- Phantéon Sorbonne, Catholic University of Louvain, Complutense University of Madrid, 2018.
  14. Since 2018 representative in the Mediterranean Universities Chairs Unesco network (MUNCH) for the UNESCO / UNITWIN -Paris1 Sorbona network.

Recent Membership in Scientific International board

  1. UNITWIN NETWORK Meeting «Culture, Tourism, Development», February 9-11, 2018, Campus of Madrid-Manuel Becerra, Special session of the UNIWIN-UNESCO network at the First International Congress of Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies (CIECI).
  2. UNITWIN NETWORK Meeting «Culture, Tourism, Development», April 22, 2017, Faculdade de Letras, Coimbra, and Conference "Local Identity and Tourism Management on World Heritage Sites", April 17-22nd, 2017.
  3. Symposium [] "The Future of the Churches", Alma Mater Studiorum University -Bologna, October 5-7, 2016.
  4. 4rth International Conference "Tourism and Cultural Landscapes: Towards a Sustainable Approach", 2016, July 13-17, Budapest, UNESCO UNITWIN Network "Culture, Tourism, Development".
  5. International Workshop "Intangible Cultural Heritage, Identity and Tourism, Tango, A rioplatense expression" organized within the UNESCO Chair of Buenos Aires (2013 June, 10-14) for the "Living Heritage" project (UNESCO -Montivedeo).
  6. Six workshops (6 June 2012 at the University of Pavia, 9-10 July 2012 at the University of Barcelona, 16 July 2012 at the Italian Geographic Society, 12 October 2012 at the University of Paris1- Sorbonne Pantheon, 21 November 2012 at the Campus Lucca Foundation, 7 December 2012 at the University of Salento) related to the European project of PER VIAM and the European Universities Network of Knowledge ( and final workshop in Rimini (16-18 January 2013).
  7. Second Congress "Religious tourism in Sustainable Religious Tourism. Commandments, Obstacles and Challenges ", 26-29 October 2012, University of Lecce (Italy)
  8. International Conference, Tourism, Roads and Cultural Itineraries: Meaning, Memory and Development, Quebec, 13-15 Juin 2012, supported by UNESCO / UNITWIN Network.
  9. 1 EJTHR International Conference, Destination Branding, "Heritage and Authenticity", Santiago de Compostela, 21-22 June 2012.
  10. LE TOURISME, MOTEUR DU DEVELOPPEMENT DURABLE DES SITES DU PATRIMOINE MONDIAL? - TOURISM AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT at World Heritage Sites: Contexts, Experiences and Frameworks of Assessment, LIBREVILLE (GABON) 1-8 June 2012. UNESCO / UNITWIN Network initiative.
  11. International Workshop, Walking towards Jerusalem: cultures, economies and territories, Novoli (Lecce), January 17th 2012.
  12. World Heritage and Tourism: organized by the UNESCO / UNITWIN network, Culture, Tourism, development, 5 June Quebec 2011 (Canada). UNESCO / UNITWIN Network initiatives.
  13. Congress on Religious tourism, Tourism, Religion & Culture: Regional Development through Meaningful Tourism Experiences, organized by the University of Salento, Haifa, Monaco and Bologna, Lecce 27-30 October 2009.

With reference to the research interest area, the undersigned has taken part in several meetings and workshops, both in Italy and abroad, during which she has illustrated the results of her research activity. She has organized several meetings, as well as taking part in bout 50 over the last 4 years, conventions as invited lecturer, both at the national and international scale.

With regard to the didactic activity, Fiorella Dallari has continually worked as a lecturer at the Faculty of Economics- University of Bologna since 1991. Since 2001, her activity is based at the Faculty of Economics, Rimini Campus, University of Bologna, where she taught from 2013 at the Economics of Tourism and the School of Economics, Statistics and Management and from 2014 at the Course of Techniques and Culture Fashion and the School of Literature and Cultural Heritage. Since 2015 she has been responsible for the teaching of Geography of the Territory at the degree course of Cooperation and International Relations (School of Political Science).

From 2012- 2014 she was responsible for teaching at the degree course in Tourism Economics (Rimini) of the teaching of tourist systems and cultural itineraries, which enjoys the patronage of the UNESCO Chair / UNITWIN "Culture, Tourism, Development". In previous years, he has taught courses in Geography of Tourism, Tourism and Heritage, and Economic Geography in the degree course in Economics and Management and in the master in Tourism Economics and Management; Political and Economic Geography of States and Large Areas in the degree in Economics and Politics of Markets. In the past years, he has covered other courses such as Applied Geography (course in Italian and English), Geography of Tourism, Human Geography and Development in the Master in Economics and Ethics of Tourism at the Faculty of Economics-Rimini.

She served as a lecturer at CISET, Faculty of Economics, Ca Foscari University (Geography of Tourism, 1991-92; 1992-93) and at the Faculty of Economics, University of Bolzano (Brunico Campus, Geography of Tourism, 2000/1 and 2001/2). She has held courses in Geography of Tourism for the Master course Entrepreneurship and Management of Sustainable and Responsible Tourism, Albalonga Training Center - CTS Study Centre.

She was responsible for the course in Geography of Tourism within the Training Course for experts in development, programming and management of cultural tourism in the Adriatic-Ionian regions, University of Bologna (2002-04). She also took part in the Tempus project (2002-2003).

Fiorella Dallari directed the High-Level Training Course, Heritage Manager (since 2006) and the Summer Schools "Spatial Decision Support Systems in Environmental Tourism" (since 2006-2011) and Territorial Development: culture, itineraries & creativity, (2011).

She was partner of the "Valortur" Intensive Program between the University of Cassino (Italy), University of Bologna (Italy), Université Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne (France), Universidad de Valencia (Spain), with internships in Paris (July 2011) ) and Valencia (July 2012).

For the School of Economics, Management and Statistics, she is in charge of Erasmus exchange projects, involving the Universities of Paris1- Phanthéon – Sorbone, Paris 10-Nanterre, Paris 13, Touluse 1 and 3, Lille, Poitiers and Arras (France), Coventry and London (UK), Antwerp (Belgium), Barcelona and Tenerife (Spain), Mirandela (Portugal), Praha (Czech Republic) and Debrecen (Hungary). She was responsible for the Leonardo Program at the Economics. The undersigned is also a member of the Overseas USA Committee at the University of Bologna. In the 2018 the Erasmus exchange are 16 with 36 grants.

He supported lectures in English:

Summer School in Geography of Tourism, Faculty of Economics, Rimini editions 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011; Master Economics of International Tourism, University of Toulouse Capitole 1, 2010; Geography of Tourism, Faculty of Economics, Rimini 2004).

The undersigned was also in charge of the IFTS courses held by ECAP Emilia-Romagna s.c.a.r.l. (Forli'). In 1996, she joined the ERASMUS project and, since 1999, has regularly held short courses at the University of Paris 13 and Paris10 through the Teaching Staff Mobility.

Over the years, the undersigned has supervised several dissertations (an average of 0 every year).

She is self-evaluating teacher in the degree course Economy and management of tourism services, (2004-2005), which became in 2006 Economy and Management of tourist systems, held at the Faculty of Economics, Rimini.

The last Pubblications

  1. Dallari F. (in press, 2019). For a great European Way: Scientific Contribution between Authenticity and Heritage. Almatourism -Journal of Tourism, Culture and Territorial Development, 10 (10), pp.1-18.
  2. Dallari F. (in press, 2018). Cultural Itineraries and Roman Routes: Challenges and Opportunities for sustainable local development and social participation. Porfyriou H., Yu Bing (eds), Italy-Chine: Routes of Culture, Valorisation and Management. Rome: CNR, pp.1-10.
  3. Azzari M., Dallari F. (2018). Le Vie Romee dell'Europa e del Mediterraneo di viandanti, pellegrini e mercanti. Le strade dell'identità europea nelle pratiche contemporanee. Sessione 16. Geografie variabili nel quadro europeo e Mediterraneo degli itinerari culturali. Rivoluzioni (trans)disciplinari, metodologie di analisi e politiche territoriali su viaggi e cammini. Salvatore F. (ed.), L'apporto della Geografia tra rivoluzioni e riforme. Roma: Società Geografica Italiana, pp.4-13.
  4. Dallari F., Grandi S. (2018). Itinerari culturali tra Unione Europea, Consiglio d’Europa e Unesco: una prospettiva per l’Heritage minerario europeo tra innovazione e patrimonializzazione. Grandi S. et alii. La memoria mineraria in Emilia-Romagna e in Europe, Geografie e Istituzioni minerarie: Patrimonializzazione e valorizzazione del territorio. Faenza: Editrice la Mandragora, pp.27-38.
  5. Dallari, F., Pistocchi, F., & Pungetti, G. (2018). European and Global Perspectives on Sacred Landscape.Almatourism - Journal of Tourism, Culture and Territorial Development, 9(8), 252-256. doi:
  6. Dallari, F., Mariotti, A. (2016). Children in Tourism: a fresh perspective? The experience in Italy, from summer camps to the Seninter project, Via@, 2016-2(10),
  7. Dallari F. (2016). The Heritage from Cultural Turn to Inclusive Turn. The Cultural and Sacred Landscapes of the UNESCO List: Sustainable Track to overcome the Dichotomy between Tangible and Intangible Heritage? PROCEEDINGS OF TCL2016 CONFERENCE, INFOTA 2016; 129-141,
  8. Dallari F. (2013). A partir du Grand Tour au voyage contemporaine: nouvelle pratique du tourisme culturel dans les villes de Toscane? In Dominique Irvoas-Dantec (a cure), La prise en compte du tourisme dans la stratégie globale de la ville. Lille: Conference Nationale Permanente du Tourism urbain, p. 99-106.
  9. Dallari F. (2012). Territorial Management of Italian Catholic Church between Pilgrimages and Religious Culture. European Journal of Tourism, Hospitality and Recreation, Vol.3, N.2, 2012, pp.109-134.

Bologna, 2018, September 15