Led On Line
Presentazione - About us
Novita' - What's new
Lededizioni Home Page Ricerca - Search
Catalogo - Catalogue
Per contattarci - Contacts
Per gli Autori - For the Authors
Statistiche - Statistics
Cookie Policy
Privacy Policy

The geographic approximation on the news about the ‘Central Italy’ earthquake and its effects on tourism

Giovanni Baiocchetti


In 2016 and 2017 a series of earthquakes hit some territories of Central Italy, causing victims and damages. The news was immediately spread by social media who, along with national Institutes, adopted the broad denomination Centro Italia to identify the affected territory, instead of using more confined and precise toponyms. The purpose of this article is to analyse what repercussions this choice – probably unintentional – had on those territories that form part of Central Italy but were not affected by earthquakes. To do that, an analysis on a decline in tourism is presented, considering it as a fickle business that can quickly oscillate depending on the perception strangers have about a certain territory. A focus is proposed on territories of Abruzzo and Umbria that experienced a fall in presences for being perceived as unsafe.


earthquake; Centro Italia; media; perception; tourism.

Full Text:



AGI. 25 January 2017. Turismo: sindaco Roccaraso chiede maggior rispetto dalla Rai. [29/01/2020] https://www.agi.it/regioni/abruzzo/turismo_sindaco_roccaraso_chiede_maggior_rispetto_dalla_rai-1409811/news/2017-01-25/

ANSA. 14 February 2017. Terremoto Centro Italia “cambia nome”. [26/01/2020] http://www.ansa.it/lazio/notizie/2017/02/14/terremoto-centro-italia-cambia-nome_e2765d90-a36f-4262-afe1-ff3ec5ef66c3.html

Camera di Commercio di Perugia. In Umbria flussi turistici in caduta dopo il terremoto. [29/01/2020] http://www.pg.camcom.gov.it/P42A4495C27S19/In-Umbria-flussi-turistici-in-caduta-dopo-il-terremoto.htm

Castelltort, M. and Mäder G. 2010. “Press media coverage effects on destinations – A Monetary Public Value (MPV) analysis”. Tourism Management 31: 724-738.

Collins Dictionary. Definition of ‘pay per click’. [21/01/2020] https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/pay-per-click.

Crompton, J. L. 1979. “An Assessment of the Image of Mexico as a Vacation Destination and the Influence of Geographical Location Upon That Image”. Journal of Travel Research, 17 (1): 18–23.

EUROSTAT. Regolamento (CE) n. 1059/2003 del Parlamento Europeo e del Consiglio del 23 maggio 2003 relativo all’istituzione di una classificazione comune delle unità territoriali per la statistica (NUTS). [23/01/2020]. https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/IT/TXT/HTML/?uri=CELEX:02003R1059-20180118&from=EN

Fisher, M. 2014. “Who cares if it’s true?”. Columbia Journalism Review. [21/09/2020]. https://archives.cjr.org/cover_story/who_cares_if_its_true.php.

Geraci, A. 18 January 2017. Terremoto in Centro Italia, forti scosse in Abruzzo: un morto e un disperso. Enorme valanga su hotel. [23/01/2020]. https://www.corriere.it/cronache/17_gennaio_18/forte-terremoto-avvertito-centro-italia-46297702-dd60-11e6-bc4e-e834b97e9c52.shtml

Il Sole 24 Ore. 20 January 2017. La mappa (e i costi economici) delle aree più colpite dal terremoto del Centro Italia. [29/01/2020] https://www.infodata.ilsole24ore.com/2017/01/20/la-mappa-costi-economici-delle-aree-piu-colpite-dal-terremoto-del-centro-italia/

INGV. 22 January 2018. Speciale 2017, un anno di terremoti. [26/01/2020] https://ingvterremoti.com/2018/01/22/speciale-2017-un-anno-di-terremoti/

ISTAT. Ripartizione geografica. [23/01/2020] http://dwcis.istat.it/cis/docs/4-8.htm

ISTAT, 30 October 2017. Movimento turistico in Italia. Anno 2016. [28/01/2020] https://www.istat.it/it/archivio/205128

Kawamoto, K. 2003. Digital Journalism. Emerging Media and the Changing Horizons of Journalism. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield.

Lee, A. M. 2014. How fast is too fast? Examining the impact of speed-driven journalism on news production and audience reflection. University of Texas Electronic Thesis and Dissertations. [21/01/2020]. https://repositories.lib.utexas.edu/handle/2152/25953.

Lee, A. M. 2015. “Social Media and Speed-Driven Journalism: Expectations and Practices”. International Journal on Media Management 17 (4): 217-239. doi: 10.1080/14241277.2015.1107566.

Leone, U. 1991. “Eventi naturali oggi: convivenza col rischio, informazione e qualità della vita”. In Prodigi Paure Ragione. Eventi Naturali Oggi, edited by Giorgio Botta, 82. Milan: Guerini e associati.

Lewis, J. and S. Cushion. 2009. “The thirst to be first. An analysis of breaking news stories and their impact on the quality of 24-hour news coverage in the UK”. Journalism Practice 3 (3): 304-318. doi: 10.1080/17512780902798737.

Lombardi, A., A. Ananasso, K. Riccardi and S. Casalini. 24 August 2016. Terremoto 6.0 devasta il Centro Italia. Centinaia fra morti e feriti. Si scava tra le macerie. Amatrice, Accumoli e Arquata i centri più colpiti. [23/01/2020]. https://www.repubblica.it/cronaca/2016/08/24/news/sisma_del_6_4_nella_notte_vicino_perugia_avvertito_in_tutto_il_centro_italia-146516780/?refresh_ce

Mercille, J. 2005. “Media effects on image. The case of Tibet”. Annals of Tourism Research, 32 (4): 1039-1055. doi: 10.1016/j.annals.2005.02.001.

Regione Umbria. 14 February 2017. Flussi turistici nell’anno 2016 e analisi pre e post terremoti. [29/01/2020] http://www.regione.umbria.it/turismo-attivita-sportive/statistiche-turismo-2016

Reinardy, S. 2010. “Need for Speed onto Internet Clashes with Journalistic Values”. Newspaper Research Journal 31 (1): 69-83. doi: 10.1177/073953291003100106.

Rosenberg, H. and C. S. Feldman. 2008. No Time to Think. The Menace of Media Speed and the 24-hour News Cycle. New York: Continuum.

Rosling, H. 2018. Factfulness. Milano: Rizzoli, 122 [transl. it. Roberta Zuppet].

Sclaunich, G. 24 August 2016. Terremoto di 6.0 devasta il Centro Italia: almeno 38 morti. [23/01/2020] https://www.corriere.it/notizie-del-giorno/2016/08/24/terremoto-60-devasta-centro-italia-almeno-38-morti-renzi-grazie-chi-scavato-mani-nude-l-allarme-sismologi-1f92be20-69e1-11e6-a553-980eec993d0e.shtml

Scott, B. 2005. “A Contemporary History of Digital Journalism”. Television and New Media Journal 6 (1): 89-126. doi: 10.1177/1527476403255824.

Tasci, A. D. A. and W. C. Gartner. 2007. “Destination Image and its Functional Relationships”. Journal of Travel Research 45 (4): 413-425. doi: 10.1177/0047287507299569.

Tonacci, F. 5 July 2017. Turisti addio, il nuovo crollo di Assisi. [30/01/2020] https://www.repubblica.it/venerdi/reportage/2017/07/05/news/turisti_addio_il_nuovo_crollo_di_assisi_vers_breve_-170032915/?refresh_ce

Triani, G., a cura di. 2017. Giornalismo aumentato, attualità e scenari di una professione in rivoluzione. Milano: Franco Angeli.

Ward, S. J. A. 2013. “Digital Media Ethics”. Center for Journalism Ethichs, University of Winsconsin-Madison. [20/01/2020]. https://ethics.journalism.wisc.edu/resources/digital-media-ethics/

World Bank. 2019. Individuals using the internet (% of population) in Italy. [22/01/2020] https://data.worldbank.org/indicator/IT.NET.USER.ZS?locations=IT

DOI: https://doi.org/10.7358/gn-2020-001-baio


  • There are currently no refbacks.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

Geography Notebooks / Quaderni di Geografia / Cahiers de Géographie / Cuadernos de Geografía
Registered by Tribunale di Milano (06.12.2017 - n. 342) 
Online ISSN 2611-7207 - Print ISSN 2611-7193

Editor in Chief: Dino Gavinelli
Editorial Board: Maristella Bergaglio - Valerio Bini - Alice Giulia Dal Borgo - Giuseppe Gambazza - Flavio Lucchesi - Eleonora Mastropietro - Maria Paradiso - Giacomo Zanolin
Scientific Editorial Board: Matteo Bolocan Goldstein - Stefano de Rubertis - Elena Dell’Agnese - Philippe Duhamel - Agustin Gamir Orueta - Fiona Haslam McKenzie - Antoine Leblanc - Guy Mercier - Valerià Paül Carril - Ana Pejdo - Jorge Virchez