City Walls as Historic Urban Landscape: a Case study on Participatory Education


  • Rossana Bonadei University of Bergamo
  • Margherita Cisani University of Bergamo
  • Elena Viani University of Bergamo



Historic Urban Landscape, UNESCO, Participatory Processes, Heritage Education


The concept of Historic Urban Landscape, which now guides the conservation and promotion of numerous heritage sites across the world, is based on the recognition of the complexity of the urban environment, seen as a dynamic system of cultural and natural features. This paper aims at presenting an ongoing reassessment of the meaning of a historic artefact in the city of Bergamo, Italy, which is part of a broader system of defence built by the Venetian Republic between the 15th and 17th centuries. Among the many related initiatives, one was launched by the University of Bergamo and involved nearly a hundred primary school children in a series of multidisciplinary workshops. Children worked to produce a guidebook and a short animated film aimed at reconstructing the meanings and the values embodied by the Venetian Walls, an enduring cultural icon surrounding the medieval upper town. This project is triggering both downscaling and upscaling dynamics in the regeneration process of this historic urban infrastructure. It also contributes to the creation and sharing of new meanings around this heritage, which are strongly related to its value for the citizenship as well as for the visitors.


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How to Cite

Bonadei, R., Cisani, M., & Viani, E. (2017). City Walls as Historic Urban Landscape: a Case study on Participatory Education. Almatourism - Journal of Tourism, Culture and Territorial Development, 8(7), 75–88.