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Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco actively participates at the 14th ELIA Biennial Conference

Category: Life Beyond Tourism Activities

19 December 2016

On 30 November – 3 December 2016, the 14th ELIA (European League of Institutes of the Arts) BIENNIAL CONFERENCE “TURN MIRRORS INTO WINDOWS took place in Florence, Italy, and enjoyed the participation of over 400 delegates, speakers and presenters.

Glimpses of the ELIA Biennial Conference 2016

The conference was held, among others, under the patronage of the Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco and Life Beyond Tourism Movement, while the Centro Congressi al Duomo, a hotelier company rooted in Florentine territory and the founder and supporter of the Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco, was one of the sponsors of the conference. It’s important that the event took place with the collaboration of the booking portal, a pilot project of the initiative Life Beyond Tourism, as part of the future network of territorial booking engines operates as a crowdfunding platform for the Florentine territory and heritage thanks to the unique mechanism that connects accomodation services to special projects. On the occasion of the ELIA event, all those who booked their stay in Florence via the have sustained the restoration of the “Medici Coat of Arms” made by Giambologna at the Loggetta of the Palace of the Guelph in Florence, for the total of over € 1700. More information about the project can be found on the official page.

“Medici Coat of Arms” by Giambologna, Loggetta of the Palace of the Guelph in Florence

Moreover, the Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco, in the person of its Board Member for international relationships Corinna Del Bianco, was honored to be a Member of its Scientific Committee. Corinna Del Bianco participated also at the Pecha Kucha session with the presentation entitled “Know yourself to make a new hospitality” which focused on the main highlights of the Life Beyond Tourism philosophy and Model developed by the Foundation in the framework of its over 20-year activity. Thus, the presentation covered the aspects of travel perceived as the powerful opportunity and instrument of creating dialogue among cultures,  promoting territorial development and support to local cultural heritage, as well as peaceful coexistence among peoples.

One of the Mobile Sessions of the ELIA Conference was held in the Museum Palazzo Coppini, historical headquarters of the Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco and homeplace of a unique-in-the-world collection of pieces coming from all over the world and donated the Foundation throughout the years of its multicultural activity. The Mobile Session was dedicated to the theme “Life Beyond Tourism: Travel, Heritage and Dialogue. Intercultural dialogue made through travel”, and deepened ever further the movement Life Beyond Tourism which indicates an alternative ethically different way of living the travel, in respect of the territories’ identity, creating a new commercial offer that goes far beyond consumerist tourism. In that occasion also the exhibition Unveiled Emotions, curated by Francesco Civita was exhibited.

Thus, the participants had a chance to learn more about the activities of the Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco that is now spreading its knowledge, best practices and research with the help of its International Institute Life Beyond Tourism that helds courses in Florence and externally in the institutions that are part of the Foundation's network (over 500 institutions in 83 countries in the 5 continents) so as to raise awareness in the international community about cultural diversity and a consequent mutual respect – which represent the essential basis for peace in a world that is heading towards 10 billion inhabitants.

Glimpses of the ELIA Biennial Conference 2016
Glimpses of the ELIA Biennial Conference 2016
Glimpses of the ELIA Biennial Conference 2016


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