In all three countries, cultural tourism is highly developed, a fact that can be explained by the important historical monuments cited in the particular regions. In accordance with Dallen (2009), Greece and Italy have been ranked first, along with Egypt, as ‘the most famous destinations for people who wish to experience ancient artifacts and archaeological ruins’ (Dallen 2009, p.153). In another research, of 2008, it Italy and Spain was ranked as ‘the first and the second most important world heritage sites’ (Dallen 2009, p.96).
The above fact is not necessarily considered as positive. More specifically, as the number of cultural tourists in a particular region is increased, so do the risks for potential damages (Richards 1996, p.52). On the other hand, when visiting an area, cultural tourists are likely ‘to develop local cultural manifestations’ (Richards 1996, p.52), a fact that is not always welcomed by the locals, especially if these initiatives are in opposition with the local ethics. At the same time, where no schemes are available so that cultural heritage is protected, then the damages caused by cultural tourism can be quite severe. For example, up to recently the historical items related to Acropolis, Greece, were not available to tourists since there was no area appropriate for developing such activity. When the museum of Acropolis was prepared, all these items were gathered and were set in areas, which are appropriately prepared for ensuring the safety and the condition/ quality