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Urban Sci. 2017, 1(1), 4; doi:10.3390/urbansci1010004

Urban Soundscapes: Characterization of a Pedestrian Tourist Route in Sorrento (Italy)

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School of Architecture, University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TN, UK
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Institute of Acoustics and Sensors “O.M. Corbino”, CNR, Via Cassia 121, Rome 00187, Italy
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Department of Architecture and Industrial Design, Università degli Studi della Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, Borgo San Lorenzo, Aversa 81031, Italy
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Academic Editors: Deborah Edwards and Michael Peter Smith
Received: 26 September 2016 / Revised: 20 November 2016 / Accepted: 30 November 2016 / Published: 2 December 2016
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Abstract

The tourist experience of built environments has received a lot of attention in tourism marketing and management research. Several studies have shown that the environmental qualities of a place can contribute to its aesthetic appreciation and overall expectation of tourists. Such aesthetic qualities, such as cenery and soundscapes, should thus be regarded as key components of tourists’ satisfaction. This study proposes that a soundscape approach could be a suitable tool in tourism management, due to its general purpose of enhancing the users’ experience of a place, taking into account the acoustic dimension of the environment. Within this framework, this paper describes the characterization of the soundscape of a pedestrian tourist route in Sorrento (Italy). For this purpose, a group of acoustics experts, architects, and planners used the soundwalk method to collect recordings and perceptual data about the sound environment along a pre-defined tourist path. The results suggest that the tourists’ perceptual construct is underpinned by both visual and aural elements contributing to soundscape appreciation. View Full-Text
Keywords: soundscape; tourism aspects; urban identity soundscape; tourism aspects; urban identity
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Aletta, F.; Brambilla, G.; Maffei, L.; Masullo, M. Urban Soundscapes: Characterization of a Pedestrian Tourist Route in Sorrento (Italy). Urban Sci. 2017, 1, 4.

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