Next Article in Journal
Seismic Constrained Gravity Inversion: A Reliable Tool to Improve Geophysical Models Away from Seismic Information
Next Article in Special Issue
Cultural Heritage and Rockfalls: Analysis of Multi-Scale Processes Nearby the Lucus Angitiae Archaeological Site (Central Italy)
Previous Article in Journal
Metamodel-Based Slope Reliability Analysis—Case of Spatially Variable Soils Considering a Rotated Anisotropy
Previous Article in Special Issue
Geoconservation in the Cabeço da Ladeira Paleontological Site (Serras de Aire e Candeeiros Nature Park, Portugal): Exquisite Preservation of Animals and Their Behavioral Activities in a Middle Jurassic Carbonate Tidal Flat
Article

Defining the Geotourism Potential of the CILENTO, Vallo di Diano and Alburni UNESCO Global Geopark (Southern Italy)

1
Department of Earth, Environment and Resources Sciences (DiSTAR), University of Naples Federico II, Via Cinthia 21, 80126 Naples, Italy
2
ASNU aps—Associazione Scienze Naturali Unite, via Mezzocannone 8, 80134 Naples, Italy
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Academic Editors: Teresa Brzezińska-Wójcik, Maria Górska-Zabielska and Jesus Martinez-Frias
Geosciences 2021, 11(11), 466; https://doi.org/10.3390/geosciences11110466
Received: 11 October 2021 / Revised: 5 November 2021 / Accepted: 8 November 2021 / Published: 10 November 2021
The interest of the scientific community about geotourism is abruptly increasing, as well as that on geoparks. According to UNESCO, geoparks should define management policies addressed to increasing the awareness of local people and tourists about Earth’s dynamics to reduce the impact of climate change and natural disasters. With this aim in mind, we tried to provide a solid scientific approach to geotourism that could be useful to the development of a geotourism strategy in the Cilento, Vallo di Diano and Alburni (CVDA) Geopark, in Southern Italy. Starting from the official inventory of the CVDA Geopark, we defined the potential Education Value (EV) and potential Touristic Value (TV) of each of the 160 sites listed by applying the Brilha method. Then we selected 20 geosites and geomorphosites with high values of both the EV and TV, and we included them in two geoitineraries. The two geoitineraries move in the inner sector of the Geopark (i.e., from the Paestum archaeological area to the Vallo di Diano basin) and along a portion of the coastal stretch (i.e., from Punta Telegrafo cape to the Lambro and Mingardo rivers’ mouths). Selected sites are representative of several geoscience disciplines (e.g., geomorphology, structural geology, quaternary geology, hydrogeology), thus suggesting that the CVDA Geopark is an ideal place where dissemination of geoscience concepts may be carried out. The latter point enhances the high geotourism potential of the area. This kind of approach was not tried before in the CVDA Geopark and can be a useful example of how to promote touristic development strategies in the area. View Full-Text
Keywords: geosites; geomorphosites; educational use; touristic use; geoitinerary geosites; geomorphosites; educational use; touristic use; geoitinerary
Show Figures

Figure 1

MDPI and ACS Style

Valente, E.; Casaburi, A.; Finizio, M.; Papaleo, L.; Sorrentino, A.; Santangelo, N. Defining the Geotourism Potential of the CILENTO, Vallo di Diano and Alburni UNESCO Global Geopark (Southern Italy). Geosciences 2021, 11, 466. https://doi.org/10.3390/geosciences11110466

AMA Style

Valente E, Casaburi A, Finizio M, Papaleo L, Sorrentino A, Santangelo N. Defining the Geotourism Potential of the CILENTO, Vallo di Diano and Alburni UNESCO Global Geopark (Southern Italy). Geosciences. 2021; 11(11):466. https://doi.org/10.3390/geosciences11110466

Chicago/Turabian Style

Valente, Ettore, Annarita Casaburi, Michele Finizio, Lorenzo Papaleo, Alessia Sorrentino, and Nicoletta Santangelo. 2021. "Defining the Geotourism Potential of the CILENTO, Vallo di Diano and Alburni UNESCO Global Geopark (Southern Italy)" Geosciences 11, no. 11: 466. https://doi.org/10.3390/geosciences11110466

Find Other Styles
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Article Access Map by Country/Region

1
Back to TopTop