Call for Papers, SPECIAL ISSUE: “The Via Francigena for Everyone towards Sustainable and Responsible Development. The accessibility in Tourism”

Guest Editor: Gianluca Bambi (University of Florence), and Scientific Committee of the EAVF
Editor: Fiorella Dallari (University of Bologna)

Accessibility is a key objective for the appreciation of the areas of our country with a touristic, cultural and accommodating function. An objective which came from the awareness that everyone must be granted the opportunity to have ordinary life, leisure and cultural experiences; we must respond to the fundamental rights of each and every person in a responsible and sustainable approach to tourism.

The concepts of accessibility and viability are not yet an integral part of Italian cultural heritage, they are often connected to the overcoming of barriers, such as simple architectural schemes, and we are inadequately attentive to the need to actively utilise spaces securely and autonomously. The theme of accessibility is relevant today, there are millions of people who would like to go on a holiday close to nature, possibly along a route or path, but in most cases are forced to renounce their wish and to look elsewhere. This, in addition to not being a reassuring aspect of our human nature, means an economic loss for the territory and a loss of potential employment, which we cannot overlook in the interest of sustainable development on a local and international level.

Among the objectives that the Via Francigena project must achieve is the consideration of these users and to create a route, or more routes, for them, which adequately enable said users to understand their historical-cultural value, as well as granting them direct contact and a higher awareness of the territory, landscape and local communities. The projects aim is not only to create a specific route for disabled people, but to create a route which can be adapted to the needs of a vast community of users, granting accessibility to an expanding bracket of users.

Almatourism and the European Association of the Vie Francigene thus invite researchers and academics, public and private stakeholders, pilgrim and traveller associations and local communities to reflect upon a route aimed at the ever growing portion of the population of people aged 65 or over, at those who have both visible and “invisible” disabilities, those with cardiac or respiratory problems, those who have temporary disabilities and to all those who accompany them. Considering these different categories means developing new sustainable and responsible routes for slow holidays in smaller areas of countryside, to experience the emotion which accompanies a pilgrimage or part of one, to achieve the objective that all hikers set themselves: the sharing of one’s own experiences and circumstances through good innovative and creative practice.

Articles from different fields will be accepted, and authors are invited to present original articles on the following themes (but also other):

  • Route accessibility
  • Increase in utility
  • Diversity as a resource
  • Accessibility as an opportunity for development
  • Hidden disabilities
  • Innovative plans for accessibility
  • Accessibility culture as a means of social inclusion
  • Good practice of sustainable and responsible tourism
  • Examples of concrete planning along the Via Francigena

Key deadlines

  • Submission of abstracts: 25th July 2018
  • First notification to authors: 21st August 2018
  • Submission of full papers: 25th October 2018
  • Second notification to authors: 20th November 2018
  • Expected publication: 21st January 2019

All papers will be refereed by the Scientific Committee of the EAVF.

All papers must be written in English.

Papers must be submitted to Almatourism Platform:

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Authors guidelines can be found and downloaded at the following URL: