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Rome: the inevitable decline of a centre with no rules

Paolo Berdini


The historic centres of cities are inherently delicate organisms: if a reasonable number of tourists is exceeded, a likely result could be a serious threat to the historic identity of the place. The most admirable elements of that slow process of stratifi cation that has shaped the built environment are prey to a relentless deterioration. The old centres are likely to sink into a decline incompatible with the daily life of an increasingly scarce population, and it is certainly true that the cities have lost the complexity that made them viable in the previous centuries. It was the balance among the social classes which ensured wealth of relationships and beauty. Today the historic centres have expelled the lower classes to ever more distant suburbs. In Rome, which has one of the most beautiful historic centres of the world and an extraordinary artistic heritage, we can measure more than in any other city the effects of changes induced by tourism without rules.

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Rivista di Scienze del Turismo. Ambiente Cultura Diritto Economia
Registered by Tribunale di Milano (15/09/2008 n. 530)
Online ISSN 2037-7908 - Print ISSN 2037-7916

Executive Editor: Nicola Boccella - Associate Editor: Azzurra Rinaldi
Editorial Staff: Andrea Billi - Patrizia Laurano - Antonio Magliulo - Angelo Quarto
Editorial Board: Alberto Abruzzese (Iulm Milano), Victor Aquino (Universidade de São Paulo), Sergio Arzeni (Ocse), Piero Barucci (Università degli Studi di Firenze), Nicola Boccella (Sapienza Università di Roma), Michael Crang (Durham University), Anya Diekmann (Université Libre de Bruxelles), Renato Guarini (Sapienza Università di Roma), Roberto Grossi (Federculture), Han Yong Liang (Zhejiang University), Jorge Lozano (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), Michel Maffesoli (Université Paris-Sorbonne), Vanda Perretta (Sapienza Università di Roma), Marina Righetti (Sapienza Università di Roma), Azzurra Rinaldi (Unitelma - Sapienza Università di Roma), Irene Salerno (Sapienza Università di Roma), Pasquale Sandulli (Sapienza Università di Roma), Manuel Valenzuela (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)