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April 13, 2011

Youth, Monuments and Water – The World Heritage Day celebrated in Florence

Every year, UNESCO and ICOMOS celebrate the 18th of April as the World Heritage Day, and they dedicate this day to a different topic every year. In 2011, it has been addressed to the Heritage of Water.
In Italy, ICOMOS Italia has promoted a series of events and initiatives in Florence, Venice and Assisi – all happening on April 18th, and all addressed to celebrate Water and the relations between monuments and the water heritage.

For more information about the World Heritage Day click here!
For more information about the Florence celebration  click here!

August 24, 2010

ICOMOS ISC Theory 2007 in Florence: proceedings available

The Life Beyond Tourism Forum is happy to announce that the  2007 proceedings of the International ConferenceValues and Criteria in Heritage Preservation held with the co-operation of ICOMOS and ICCROM in Florence, March 1.4 2007.

Below, we quote the foreword to the International Conference by Mounir Bouchenaki -Director General ICCROM, Andrzej Tomaszewski – President ICOMOS Theory Committee, and Paolo Del Bianco – President of Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco.
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Download here the Table of Contents

The spontaneous and multi-aspectual development over the past few years of an international discussion of the philosophical and theoretical bases of the protection of cultural property gave rise to the declaration of the XII General Assembly of ICOMOS in Xi’an 2005 which called into being the International Scientific Committee on Theory and Philosophy of Conservation and Restoration (henceforth ‘ICOMOS Theory Committee’). The main tasks of the Committee were then defined in its statue as follows:

The aim of the Committee – consistent with the aims of ICOMOS international cooperation – is to explore the basis and framework of conservation, restoration and preservation theory and practice in the globalized world. With these developments in mind the Committee would like to reach the ambitious goal of analyzing recent problems and suggest appropriate proposals, perhaps even answers.

The activities of the Committee in the field of conservation and restoration can include:
•  examining the existing corpus of documents and scientific studies,
•  identifying needs and uncovered areas of interest,
•  developing ideas and visions for the future,
•  cooperating with other ICOMOS committees and scientific units of other institutions (such as UNESCO, ICCROM and ICOM) in order to establish an integrated theoretical basis of preservation of cultural heritage.

The first conference organised jointly between the Committee and the international Centre of Culture took place in Cracow in May 2006. The central issue was “Towards a global philosophy of heritage conservation”.

The second conference organized in Florence between the 1 st and 4 th of March 2007 together with the ICOMOS Theory Committee, International Centre of Study for the Conservation and the Restoration of Cultural Property ICCROM and the Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco , Florence focused on the Values and criteria in heritage conservation.

This topic received much attention in both theory and practice. The rich variety of values (e.g. from aesthetic and artistic values to utilitarian, material and technical values) of cultural property are perceived and classified differently depending on the cultural zone (factors which have influence on this include cultural traditions and religious beliefs), and udergoing change with time.

Thus the dominated-value perspectives have to consider many factors which together lead finally to the decision of whether or not to list monuments and sights.

Our conference set a beginning to discuss these problems from varied points of views and hopes to encourage an exchange of thoughts and ideas.

Now, thanks to the Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco , we are pleased to present to the international circe of conservators this book which collects all the acts of the conference.

August 2, 2010

ICOMOS ISC Theory 2008 in Vienna: proceedings are online

The Life Beyond Tourism Forum is happy to announce that the  2008 proceedings of the International Conference of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee for the Theory and the Philosophy of Conservation and Restoration (23-27 April 2008, Vienna, Austria) are now available!

The publication has been edited by Michael S. Falser, Wilfried Lipp, and Andrzej Tomaszewski – in collaboration with the Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco, Florence, Italy in the context of the ethos Life Beyond Tourism under the honorary patronage of ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites)

The publication of this volume has been made possible by generous funding of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation)
in the context of the Cluster Of Excellence 270/1 “Asia And Europe In Aglobal Context” Of Heidelberg University.
Editorial Work: Michaels. Falser

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April 21, 2010

View the photos of the International Day for Monuments and Sites in Florence!!

On the 18th of April 2010
ICOMOS Italia, Comune di Firenze, Associazione Città e Siti Italiani Patrimonio Mondiale UNESCO, Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco
have celebrated the International Day for Monuments and Sites in Florence at the Centro Congressi al Duomo!!
Read more here
Watch the videos on You Tube
and view the photos  below:

Opening speech by Marizio Di Stefano, President of ICOMOS Italian Committee

Speech by Carlo Francini, Responsable for the Office for UNESCO Historical Centre of the Florence Municipality (Ufficio Centro Storico UNESCO del Comune di Firenze)

Speakers of the International Day for Monuments and Sites

Maurizio Bossi, Director Gabinetto G.P. Vieusseux

Maria L. Stringa, President Centro UNESCO Firenze

President of the Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation Paolo Del Bianco in videoconference with ICCROM Vice-Director Maria Teresa Jaquinta

Speech by Claudio Ricci, President of the Associazione italiana Siti UNESCO



Rivivi il successo di Life Beyond Tourism al Salone dell’Arte e del Restauro di Ferrara!


In occasione della XVII Edizione del Salone dell’Arte del Restauro e della Conservazione dei Beni Culturali e Architettonici di Ferrara

Nardini Editore
Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco
Life Beyond Tourism

hanno presentato

La conservazione del Patrimonio e il suo valore per il dialogo interculturale attraverso il turismo: opportunità, collaborazioni e ricerca

unica iniziativa in fiera atta ad approfondire le relazioni e le sinergie esistenti tra la conservazione del patrimonio e  il turismo.
Clicca qui per rivivere gli interventi dei relatori!!


Paolo Del Bianco – Presidente della  Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco e ideatore di Life Beyond Tourism

Carlo Francini – Responsabile Ufficio Centro Storico Patrimonio Mondiale dell’UNESCO del Comune di Firenze, Associazione Siti Italiani Patrimonio Mondiale dell’UNESCO

Con il contributo di
Maurizio Bossi – Direttore del Centro Romantico del Gabinetto Scientifico Letterario G.P. Vieusseux

Mary Westerman Bulgarella – Conservazione di abiti e tessuti e Responsabile del progetto Costume Colloquium

Giovanni Cocco – Direttore Generale ISNART

Carlotta Del Bianco  – Presidente ICOMOS Italia Sezione Giovani e Responsabile del progetto Degree&Profession

Maurizio Di Stefano – Presidente Comitato Nazionale Italiano ICOMOS

Guido Ferrari – Professore di ruolo di Statistica economica per il turismo all’Università di Firenze, Facoltà di Economia

Marc Laenen – già Direttore Generale ICCROM, Membro ICOMOS e ICOM

Sabrina Bisconti – Vice Direttore Hotel Pitti Palace al Ponte Vecchio

Con la partecipazione di:
Ennio Bazzoni – Direttore editoriale Nardini Editore

February 17, 2010

2011 International Conference ICOMOS ISC Theory to be held in Florence, Italy

The Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco – Organizing Secretariat of ICOMOS ISC Theory – is pleasant to inform that the 2011 International Conference ICOMOS ISC Theory will be held in Florence, Italy from 4th to 6th of March 2011 with the title “Intangible in the Tangible: Theory and Practice”.

December 4, 2009

Un contributo alle nuove generazioni: ICOMOS Italia e Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco

Nasce una nuova collaborazione tra ICOMOS Italia e la Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco, al fine di contribuire alla divulgazione e alla comprensione del Patrimonio Culturale e Naturale da parte dei giovani. L’iniziativa è stata sottoscritta e approvata il 21 novembre 2009 durante il Convegno Internazionale ‘Patrimonio culturale: Conservazione, Innovazione, Sviluppo’:

” […] Forte attenzione è rivolta ai giovani professionisti, per i quali il Consiglio di Direzione che si è svolto il 20/11/09 ha aderito alla proposta della Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco, illustrata dal rappresentante del gruppo giovani dell’ICOMOS, Carlotta Del Bianco. L’iniziativa, denominata “Degree&Profession”, è tesa al Dialogo Interculturale fra studenti universitari e giovani laureati, in collaborazione con oltre 350 università, nei cinque continenti e si ripropone di sensibilizzare i futuri professionisti della conservazione sulla teoria e filosofia e sulle metodiche di intervento. […]”

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February 26, 2009


Life Beyond Tourism, together with Vivahotels and

Auditorium al Duomo, is sponsoring


Changing Perception, Permanent Responsibilities

Project Leader: Prof. Andrzej Tomaszewski
President of the ICOMOS ISC Theory

Since the beginning of civilization, man’s main form of contact with works of architecture has consisted in visiting them physically(pilgrimages, journeys and recently tourism). Getting to know them indirectly from descriptions or visually was possible only through the media, changing and becoming more powerful with altering technology (printing techniques, graphic techniques, photography, film, television, recently computer technology).

The current rapid development of tourism and the media and their increasing accessibility have in recent years radically changed our perception of the cultural heritage.

These changes require a scientific description and analysis, leading to a diagnosis of the current situation and a prognosis of future developments.
What role should tourism have, and how can it be made into sustainable cultural tourism? What role and responsibility should the media take on? What benefits and threats do the development of tourism and the media bring with them? What kind of approach should the international movement for the conservation of the cultural and natural heritage adopt towards these phenomena?

Experts of the Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation, all members of ICOMOS, member states of ICCROM, the network of the Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation, and anyone interested have the possibility of attending the conference.

Online the proceedings! – CLICK HERE!!

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