The course considers the analysis of cultural economics. To this aim, the main economic theoretical foundations are presented jointly with the fundamental practical issues of cultural economics. In particular, the analysis of consumers preferences and utility typical of cultural economics is carried out. The course analyses the definition and concept of cultural capital, and cultural sustainability. In this respect the role of externalities and public goods, and the phenomena of the cost disease are analyzed both theoretically and empirically. Moreover, the role of intellectual property rights and specific analyses of museums, cultural heritage, auction for arts, are analyzed.