Prae Conference Excursion

Wednesday, June 26, 2019,  h 9: 30 a m – 4:30 pm

Torre Lapillo, Porto Cesareo, Sant’Isidoro, Santa Maria al Bagno e Gallipoli

The pre-conference tour will visit overtourism sites and villages which have been affected by major environmental impacts. Among these impacts on the environment are beach and waterfront pollution, general environment negligence and deteriorating quality of services.

This type of tourism follows the traditional old model of the three Ss tourism, where tourist flows are highly seasonal and international tourism accouns for a low percentage. our tour will include the villages of Torre Lapillo, Porto Cesareo, Santa Maria al Bagno and the city of Gallipoli, a beautiful fishing town known for its crystal clear blue sea and the sandy beaches that make its territory one of the most cherished natural attractions of Salento.

At the same time, Gallipoli is one of the most demanded beach destinations that suffer from overtourism due to overcrowding and uncontrolled seasonal tourism. Tourism to these villages has surged over the past few years and local residents have been complaining that the sharp rise in inbound tourist flows is seriously damaging their quality of life.

Lunch at Grand Hotel Riviera (Santa Maria al Bagno)
Fee: 50,00 Euro
The excursion will take place if we reach 20 participants

Santa Maria al Bagno and Santa Caterina pictures


Porto Cesareo

Post Conference Excursion

Saturday, 29 June, 2019, h 9:00 am – 6:30 pm

Valle d’Itria: Martina Franca, Alberobello, Polignano a mare and the rock-cut settlements of rupestrian civilization named “Parco Rupestre di Lama d’Antico”

Valle d’Itria (in Mugia dei Trulli sub-region) is among the most important tourism destinations in the world for those seeking a form of tourism that is culturally rich and attentive to the sustainable management of natural resources.

The area is one of the best-known landscapes in Puglia.

The  historical legacy with different cultures and civilisations is visible today in cathedrals and castles, in the exuberant Baroque of Martina Franca. It is also evident in the distinctive conical rural dwellings known as “trulli” (stone huts) with the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Alberobello and in the fortified farmhouses (masserie), cathedrals and churches. An additional key element of connection
between the various nodes of the regional tourism system are the breath taking ravines, the cradle of rupestrian civilization, especially in the ravines known as lame (between Fasano and Monopoli) where there is an entire rock-cut village, one of the largest and most interesting rock-cut settlements in Puglia.

The Parco Rupestre di Lama d’Antico is composed of two sites: San Giovanni and San Lorenzo, which have churches with exquisite pictorial decoration, dwellings and other larger spaces used for craft production. Also of interest in the area are the Byzantine church of Seppannibale, belonging to the Masseria Seppannibale, dated to the late 8 th century, considered to be the model for a series of early medieval buildings with two domes aligned along the central nave.

We’ll discover in the Valle d’Itria also the considerable range of food-and-wine products which constitute potentially strategic elements of an “organised regional system”, in which public and private operators and local communities act to improve the competitiveness of the regional tourism sector with a series of tools for sharing, cooperation and communication, as well as innovation and creativity.

All these strategies and practices have so far controlled tourism and prevented over-or undertourism.

Lunch at Pietra Blu Resort (Polignano a mare)
Fee: 50,00 Euro

The excursion will take place if we reach 20 participants

Martina Franca, Alberobello, Polignano a Mare