Bologna to Bucharest with 5 Romanians, 14 Italians, and me

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.


About Amanda Wilson

I am a freelance writer currently based in Washington, D.C.
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2 Responses to Bologna to Bucharest with 5 Romanians, 14 Italians, and me

  1. Iulia says:

    Hello! I just found your blog while searching for some studies about the stereotypes that Italians have towards Romanians. I see you mentioned such a study in your post, but it seems I can’t find it without any information about the title of the study or the names of the authors. Could you help me by giving me some reference? I’m currently working on a project for university about interethnical couples. Thank you very much in advance!

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