Social aspects in small ports tourism sustainability

Planning small ports and marinas through the lens of tourism and sustainability

  • Alessandro Bove Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering (DICEA) University of Padua, 35131 Padova, Italy
  • Elena Mazzola Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering (DICEA) University of Padua, 35131 Padova, Italy
Keywords: Social aspects, Small ports, Marinas, Nautical activities and services, Sustainability


The attraction of the place, the perception of services, the awareness, and the tourist satisfaction play an important role to motivate a tourist to visit and revisit a destination. Sustainability has also been receiving increasing attention and require also to promote inter-generational and intragenerational equity, to guarantee the cultural integrity and social cohesion of the communities, and to protect the environment and ecosystems. In this context, nautical tourism assesses some impacts to the economy, with the construction of port and the relative infrastructures and with all services to the boat, to the society and the local community that participate to the development and choices, and to the environment with significant potential risks. This paper focusses on small ports and marinas and investigates the real situation about services offered and the related possible tourism satisfaction for a socio-cultural sustainable development. In addition, FRAMESPORT project (FRAMEwork initiative fostering the sustainable development of Adriatic-Ionian Small PORTs) assists to these objectives collecting relevant experiences and feedbacks and developing a strategic guidance. For this reason, it has collected data from people connected to Italian and Croatian docks and are analyzed with statistic methods and georeferenced maps. The significance of the study is to understand similarities and differences of tourism in these two States and provide suggestions for a socio-cultural sustainable development.


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Author Biographies

Alessandro Bove, Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering (DICEA) University of Padua, 35131 Padova, Italy

He is a researcher in urban planning and technics at the department ICEA of Padua University. He is building engineer with expertise in urban and spatial planning and special interest in resilience and sustainability planning. He had his PhD in Building and Territorial Engineering (Bologna University, 2009). His research experiences are characterized by a practical approach because He always tried to combine theoretical research with design. The main themes of interest regard the sustainable urban transformation/regeneration, with a specific attention to industrial areas, the reuse of abandoned infrastructure and the protection of landscapes. On these themes, He had the opportunity to participate to national researches, to international cooperation projects and to public and private initiatives with research interest as regional and urban plans, strategic projects, often as leader or as coordinator. He is actually the President of Padua Engineers Foundation, private body active in the innovation and continuous education for engineers. 

Elena Mazzola, Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering (DICEA) University of Padua, 35131 Padova, Italy

She is currently a researcher and an Assistant Professor in the faculty of Engineering in Padua (Italy). She obtained her PhD in Architecture, City and Design from Iuav of Venice University, published a number of papers in preferred journals, and presented various academic as well as research-based papers at national and international conferences. Her research activities are currently twofold: while the first research activity is set to explore the efficiency of buildings, the second major research theme is focused on the develop of sustainable urban cities. 


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How to Cite
BoveA., & MazzolaE. (2023). Social aspects in small ports tourism sustainability. TeMA - Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment, 16(1), 67-82.