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Urban Soundscapes: Characterization of a Pedestrian Tourist Route in Sorrento (Italy)

Aletta, F; Brambilla, G; Maffei, L; Masullo, M; (2017) Urban Soundscapes: Characterization of a Pedestrian Tourist Route in Sorrento (Italy). Urban Science , 1 (1) , Article 4. 10.3390/urbansci1010004. Green open access

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Abstract

The tourist experience of built environments has received a lot of attention in tourism marketing and management research. Several studies have shown that the environmental qualities of a place can contribute to its aesthetic appreciation and overall expectation of tourists. Such aesthetic qualities, such as scenery and soundscapes, should thus be regarded as key components of tourists’ satisfaction. This study proposes that a soundscape approach could be a suitable tool in tourism management, due to its general purpose of enhancing the users’ experience of a place, taking into account the acoustic dimension of the environment. Within this framework, this paper describes the characterization of the soundscape of a pedestrian tourist route in Sorrento (Italy). For this purpose, a group of acoustics experts, architects, and planners used the soundwalk method to collect recordings and perceptual data about the sound environment along a pre-defined tourist path. The results suggest that the tourists’ perceptual construct is underpinned by both visual and aural elements contributing to soundscape appreciation.

Type: Article
Title: Urban Soundscapes: Characterization of a Pedestrian Tourist Route in Sorrento (Italy)
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.3390/urbansci1010004
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.3390/urbansci1010004
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2016 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Keywords: soundscape; tourism aspects; urban identity
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10055793
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