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Rome Syndrome – Tourism, Heritage and Guidebooks at the ‘Crossroads of the real and the ideal’

Butler, B; (2019) Rome Syndrome – Tourism, Heritage and Guidebooks at the ‘Crossroads of the real and the ideal’. In: Fogelberg Rota, S and Blennow, A, (eds.) Proceedings of the Topoi, Topographies and Travellers Conference. (pp. pp. 9-27). The Swedish Institute in Rome: Rome, Italy. Green open access

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Abstract

The critical journey of this paper raises the question: is there a Rome Syndrome? This quest arises in response to the growing interest in the genre of Significant or Well-known Place Syndromes that in turn have relevancy to the theme of this research project by offering novel insights into the complex interactions and relationships between ‘topoi, topographies and travellers’. These syndromes, as the name suggests, are triggered by the movement of travellers to places that exert a powerful hold on the imagination and describe the sudden onset of extreme, and overwhelming emotions that in turn manifest in strange/unexpected/spontaneous/paradoxical patterns of behaviours. The phenomena encompass destinations that have become idealised and desired, as we shallsee, in some cases feared and demonised. The iconic sites of the Acropolis, Florence, Paris, the Whitehouse and Jerusalem2 have entered the syndrome canon and have seen heritage questing and traveller behaviours thus encompass whole spectrums of emotions: – from intense passion, desire, fever, ecstasy and joy to crisis, breakdown, depression, neurosis, and psychosis.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Rome Syndrome – Tourism, Heritage and Guidebooks at the ‘Crossroads of the real and the ideal’
Event: Topoi, Topographies and Travellers Conference, 10-12 November 2016, Rome, Italy
Location: Rome
Dates: 10 November 2016 - 12 November 2016
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.isvroma.it/public/T&T/TTT_Butler.pdf
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10082474
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