In 2008, a group of young students at the University of Bologna surveyed 200 Italians between the ages of 18 to 31. The young researchers asked the Italians to answer questions about their stereotypes of Romanians and Romanian culture, as perceived in Italy.
The young researchers discovered that Italians held many negative stereotypes of Romanians that were based mainly on how Romanians are depicted in the Italian media. But the researchers found that those who had personally met Romanians – and especially those who had traveled to Romania – were less likely to hold these stereotypes. This was the beginning of Turisti non a caso.
The Bologna students and youth founded the group Turisti non a caso, a cross-cultural education tourism group, in order to take Italians on trips to Romania to help them see another Romanian reality: a vibrant economic powerhouse with thriving industry and a magnetic dynamism that is drawing thousands of young Romanians back home. Furthermore, Turisti aims to facilitate a dynamic group experience in which stereotypes are confronted and participants are introduced to new perspectives and understandings of Romanian culture that have greater depth, texture, and nuance.
This blog will follow Turisti non a caso as the group leads 14 Italian and 5 Romanian young people on a guided tour of western Romania in August, 2010. This will be the group’s third journey to Romania. Turisti works in collaboration with local professors, cultural organizations, journalists, and Romanian civil society groups.
- Travelling in Romania, ‘Turisti non a caso’ – Article in the Balkan Observer
- Europe’s heirloom grains take root in Romania (organically)
- Reggae Beats in Bucharest
- In Baile Herculane, a small pension persists in the town’s changing tourist industry
- Baile Herculane: Forgotten Spa Town of the Habsburgs (Slide Show)
- Forgotten Spa town of the Habsburgs
- Fighting Human Trafficking on Both sides of the Border
- In Mona’s Footsteps
- August 2: Timisoara, Painted Walls
- August 1: Bucharest to Timisoara. Il Viaggio.
- Green Gnocchi
- The TrenItalia Paradox: to buy or not to buy (a ticket)?
- Italian-Romanian round table
- Day 3
- Day 2: Visit to Marzabotto and Monte Sole
- 1989 Revolution in Romania Agriculture Argirom Group Baile Herculane Bio Farmland Bologna Bucharest Caras-Severin Casaglia Cerna River Cerna Valley cross-cultural journalism education Einkorn Generazie Tanara Habsburg Spa Hapsburg Spa town heirloom grains Human Trafficking Italian tourism Italy Kaya Foundation manele Marzabotto Monte Sole music non-traditional farming methods organic farming philosophy of travel plowless farming Post-Communism Queen Elizabeth Radoi Pension Raggae Recuperation and Reintegration Romania Romania festivals Romanian agriculture Romanian music culture Romanian tourism rural tourism in Romania Sissy Spelt Stella Rossa sustainable tourism Timisoara tourism Tourism in Romania tourism pre and post-communism train to Trieste travel travel economics Turisti non a caso