Geological tourism does not mean only geological formation outcrops, geomorphology of area, tectonic evidences, geosites, etc. but especially how the humans are related to territory where they live. In other words, in which way they take benefit from land resources, like soil fertility, healthy climate and natural resource facilities. Geological natural resource has a very wide meaning, from water, oil, to ore and rocks. Our attention will be focused to this last topic. Ornamental stones have combined well with the creative genius of our sculptors and architects who have fashioned great works of art for posterity (cathedrals, castles, city centers, statues etc). These monuments now provide an attraction for a massive tourism trade, especially for city with a long and important history like Rome.Some geological virtual tours inside few main cathedrals in Rome have been reconstructed. Using ITALITHOS data bank on ornamental rocks available in Internet ( www.italithos.uniroma3.it ) it is possible to surf inside monuments through architectonic elements (columns, capitals, altars etc.), rigorously natural stone made, and to discover their popular names, petrographic classification, provenience and geological settings, mineral assemblages, chemical composition, physical and mechanical characteristics, durability, weathering, workability, territorial spreading, open or closed quarries and references.The same web site can be used sighting monuments directly (real tourism) with the aid of a palm Internet linked by General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) platform or by bluetooth wireless technology, if the site is equipped. Italithos can be linked to similar web sites having as object the same monuments but complementary information like history, architecture, etc.Geological tourism will have great benefit from Internet because in that way it is possible to learn directly in “field” appreciating all details continuously upgraded. Beside tourists, the achievement of web sites like Italithos or similar should be encouraged, multiplied and linked among them because they can have many other potential users, like Institute for monumental care, Ministry of Culture, architects firms, consulting engineering companies, sculptors, national museum, building construction industry, quarry industry, Geological Institutes, etc.
Giampaolo, C., Adanti, B. (2004). From virtual tourism to real one and vice versa.