pubblicato nel numero 2019 anno 1/2
The work presents the case study of Castelmezzano and Pietrapertosa, small towns in the Lucanian inland which, starting from an unfavorable context, have built a solid tourism economy in compliance with environmental restrictions. The paper investigates the territory as a disadvantaged area whose morphological characteristics have for decades determined its marginalization. The study then analyzes the process of resilience triggered by the launch of the Flight of the Angel, an attraction that has promoted the socio-economic development of the area by exploiting the territory’s physical barriers. The analysis ends by explaining the strategic role of participatory participation in balancing opposite interests such as the protection of both biodiversity and economic interests.