Country: Italy

Website: http://www.centrocongressialduomo.com

The Life Beyond Tourism Centro Congressi Al Duomo is our hub for the experimental implementation of the best practices spawned by the philosophy of the Life Beyond Tourism initiative- an initiative which considers the traveler to be first and foremost a Guest of the city, then a Guest of the establishment that he or she is staying in, and finally, a welcome Customer.

Based on the experience that we have built up over the years in the tourism and hotel business, with our feet firmly planted in Florence and its region, we have been working since the early 1990s on promoting a series of scientific and cultural initiatives of major international benefit of the city´s image. These initiatives, which include ´A Tribute to Florence´, ¨Viva Firenza´ and ´¨Be Part of History¨ and which involve the hotel guest in a deeply personal way, have allowed us to restore over 20 works of art in the Uffizi Gallery, the Galleria Palatina in the Pitti Palace, the Archivio di Stato, the Basilica of San Miniato al Monte and Dante´s house. Today, we are contributors to the ¨City of the Uffizi¨ project and to many other projects besides.

Om 1998 we established the Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco to promote activities designed to stimulate intercultural dialogue. To contribute to an awareness of local culture, the Life Beyond Tourism Centro Congressi al Duomo offers of tools for information that are constantly updated to allow the visitor/guest to personally explore and familiarize themselves with life in Florence through films, itineraries, tasting sessions and musical events intimately linked to the area. Thus our guest can benefit from hands-on experience of real life in the city, its history, its art and its gastronomy, past, present and future.

In the context of this philosophy we have developed the Life Beyond Tourism and its Heritage Community at www.lifebeyondtourism.org, a portal designed precisely to introduce the public to the true character of a region through its cultural identity as expressed by the institutions and businesses that embody its most.

Mrs. Carlotta Del Bianco

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