The tourist seeks for sensations and finds satisfaction when he finds “atmosphere”
Archeological tourism is an important phenomenon, which constitutes a keystone to understand significant aspects of the contemporary society.
In many occasions, talking about tourism, history, cultural heritage and antiquities, we could understand that this aspect is not caught in the right way.
Archeological tourism is seen as one of the many segments of the classic tourism, or to the maximum, a particular form of cultural tourism.
In the same way, despite his relevance in economic terms, too, it has never been object of scientific observation.
This is particularly serious in a place, as Italy, which features an extraordinary archeological heritage and, as seen in the last years, a great development in the observation of tourism and an increasing attention for the policies of fruition and protection of that heritage.
Amongst the various reasons of this lack we have the difficulty to define it with precision, contradictorily accompanied by the belief that it talks about a simple and easily understandable concept.
We tend to think that archeological tourism is simply the visiting of museums and archeological areas: a form of cultural mobility born with the “Grand Tour”, in 19th century,and then, from time to time, moved in the nowadays mass tourism or in the do-it-yourself tourism..