Alpine health tourism and sustainable wellbeing perspectives in the high Ossola valley (Italy)


  • Stefania Cerutti Dipartimento per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile e la Transizione Ecologica, University of Piemonte Orientale, Vercelli, Italy
  • Paola Menzardi Dipartimento per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile e la Transizione Ecologica, University of Piemonte Orientale, Vercelli, Italy


In the complex and dynamic framework of health tourism, along the Alps the innovative project HEALPS2 has moved forward with promising results. The main goal is combining the knowledge and the technologyoriented approach developed by researchers and experts from the private and public sectors with the knowledge of the territory held by local associations and public organisations, for the best planning of the future sustainable development of marginal rural regions. HEALPS2 has developed a model for a sustainable enhancement of natural resources for health, wellbeing and tourism purposes. The paper explores forms and features of Alpine health tourism while offering an overview on the structure, methodology and outcomes of a specific research action of HEALPS2.


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