USI commemorates Professor Salvatore Veca


Institutional Communication Service

19 October 2021

Professor Salvatore Veca, former Full Professor of Political Philosophy at Universities of Florence and Pavia and at Istituto Universitario di Studi Superiori (IUSS) in Pavia, as well as Pro-rector of Education and Dean of the Faculty of Political Science, also in Pavia, passed away on the night of 7 October 2021 at the age of 77.

Within Veca's extensive intellectual bibliography, there is also a special place for his interest in the philosophical and moral dimension of travel and the sustainability of economic and social activities. It was precisely his attention to issues related to tourism that provided the basis for the theme and created an opportunity for collaboration with USI. A joint-venture that began in the early 2000s, with Salvatore Veca as a member of the "Steering Committee" of the Master in International Tourism, later launched in 2003. This cooperation between the University of Pavia and USI created, almost in parallel, an initiative to set up, together with the University of Pisa, master's degree courses in tourism at the Lucca Campus. A shared adventure that, from the beginning, was based on an agreement between the three universities, which gave life to a beautiful learning experience.

During the following two decades of encounters and discussions, Veca always emerged as a profound thinker, a brilliant strategist, and above all, as all those who knew him to testify, an elegant, kind and humble person.

There are no better words to close this commemoration and pay tribute to the memory of the man and scholar than those recently pronounced by Salvatore Veca to his students: "I invite students to seek tourism as a 'subject for life'. A set of disciplines with only one ultimate task: that of giving form and strength to kindness between human beings."


A commemoration by Rico Maggi, Director of the Institute of Economic Research at USI.