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Italian Historical Rural Landscapes: Cultural Values for the Environment and Rural Development

  • The first survey ever done on the traditional rural landscapes of a country
  • Defines criteria for the identification of traditional rural landscapes
  • A case study for rural, environmental and landscape policies

Series: Environmental History [Springer] Volume: 1

By: Mauro Agnoletti(Editor)

563 pages, 130 colour & 128 b/w illustrations


Hardback | Dec 2012 | #216739 | ISBN-13: 9789400753532
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Sustainable development and rural policies have pursued strategies where farming has been often regarded as a factor deteriorating the ecosystem. But the current economic, social and environmental problems of the Earth probably call for examples of a positive integration between human society and nature. This research work presents more than a hundred case studies where the historical relationships between man and nature have generated, not deterioration, but cultural, environmental, social and economic values.

The results show that is not only the economic face of globalization that is negatively affecting the landscape, but also inappropriate environmental policies. The CBD-UNESCO program on biocultural diversity, the FAO Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems and several projects of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations, as well as European rural policies acknowledge the importance of cultural values associated to landscape. This research intends to support these efforts.


1. The Italian historical rural landscapes: dynamics, data analysis and research findings (Mauro Agnoletti)

2. Assessing the integrity of the historical landscapes. Three case studies in some terraced areas (Mauro Agnoletti, Antonio Santoro, Lorenzo Gardin)

3. The role of historical rural landscapes in territorial planning (Alberto Magnaghi)

4. Rural landscapes: the historical roots of biodiversity (Roberta Cevasco, Diego Moreno)

5. Landscape and economy (Tiziano Tempesta)

6. Valle d'Aosta
6.1. High-mountain pastures of the Dame de Challant
6.2. The heroic viticulture of the Dora Baltea area

7. Piedmont
7.1. Pastures of Raschera
7.2. The plateau of the Vauda
7.3. The Baraggia land in the Vercelli and Biella
7.4. Wood of Partecipanza of Trino
7.5. The San Michele farmhouse
7.6. The wooded pastures of Roccaverano
7.7. Historical polyculture of Valle Uzzone
7.8. The Galarei vineyard

8. Liguria
8.1. Chestnut orchards in the Alta Val Bormida
8.2. Wooded olive groves of Lucinasco
8.3. Terraced and irrigated chestnut groves and vegetable gardens in Alta Valle Sturla
8.4. Peri-urban vegetable gardens in the valley of the Entella river
8.5. Wooded meadows and pastures in the Santo Stefano cheese area
8.6. Terraced hazelnut groves of Tigullio
8.7. Low-growing terraced vineyards of Tramonti

9. Lombardy
9.1. The baulati fields of Casalasco
9.2. The Banina Hill
9.3. Morainic hills of the Lower Garda
9.4. Lemon orchards on the Garda Lake
9.5. The marcite of the irrigated plain
9.6. Bird-catching sites in Lombardy
9.7. Val Muggiasca
9.8. Terraced vineyards of the Valtellina

10. Trentino - Alto Adige
10.1. The meadows and wooded pastures of Salten
10.2. Terraced vineyards of Santa Maddalena–Trentino
10.1. The fir and spruce woods of Val Cadino
10.2. The vineyards of Val di Cembra

11. Friuli Venezia Giulia
11.1. The hills of Polazzo in the Carso
11.2. The Plasencis countryside
11.3. Rosazzo Abbey Hill
11.4. The Ampezzo forest and the Lumiei valley
11.5. The magredi of Vivaro

12. Veneto
12.1. Plateau of Tretto
12.2. TheWoods of Cansiglio
12.3. Vineyard Hills between Tarzo and Valdobbiadene
12.4. The fief of the Counts of Collalto
12.5. The Palu del Quartier del Piave Area
12.6. The Ca' Tron Farm
12.7. The vineyards of Fonzaso

13. Emilia Romagna
13.1. Chestnut orchards of the Lavino area
13.2. Valli Le Partite reclamation district
13.3. Olive orchards of the Lamone valley
13.4. The Partecipanze Centopievesi
13.5. The San Vitale Pinewoods
13.6. Diamantina estate

14.1. The fir forest of the Monastery of Vallombrosa
14.2. The biancane of Val d'Orcia
14.3. The monumental chestnut groves of the Scesta valley
14.4. Hill of Fiesole
14.5. The montagnola senese of Spannocchia
14.6. Landscape mosaic of Montalbano
14.7. Silvo-pastoral landscapes of Moscheta
14.8. Terraced vineyards of Lamole

15. Marche
15.1. The plateau of Macereto
15.2. Hills of Maiolati Spontini
15.3. Olive orchards of Coroncina
15.4. Piagge of Ascoli Piceno
15.5. Polycultures of Loretello
15.6. Sasso Simone and Simoncello

16. Umbria
16.1. The Plestini plateaus
16.2. Spelt fields at Monteleone di Spoleto
16.3. The hills of Montefalco
16.4. Plateaus of Castelluccio di Norcia
16.5. The Poggi di Baschi
16.6. The Rock of Orvieto
16.7. Stepped olive groves

17. Lazio
17.1. Casette e Prati di Cottanello
17.2. The chestnut orchards of Canepina
17.3. The Farnesiana
17.4. Gorges of the Farfa
17.5. Terraced olive orchards of Vallecorsa
17.6. Cavaliere estate

18. Abruzzo
18.1. Sant'Antonio Woods
18.2. The open fields of Baronia di Carapelle
18.3. Terraced fields and hills of the Majella
18.4. Olive orchards of Loreto Aprutino
18.5. Fucino plain at Ortucchio
18.6. Plateaus of Aielli

19. Molise
19.1. Cereal farming in Melanico
19.2. "La Pista" at Campomarino
19.3. The olive orchards of Venafro
19.4. The Springs of Monteroduni
19.5. Sheep-tracks in the upper Molise

20. Campania
20.1. Historical terraced orchards on Mount Somma
20.2. Mixed hill cultures of lower Irpinia
20.3. Terraced lemon orchards of the Amalfi Coast
20.4. Terraced hazelnut groves of the Vallo di Lauro and the Baiano area
20.5. Terraced orchard-gardens on the hills of Naples
20.6. Historical afforestations in the Sele basin
20.7. Vite maritata of the Phlegraean volcanic plain

21. Basilicata
21.1. Chestnut orchards of the Vulture-Melfi area
21.2. Pastures of the Murgia Materana
21.3. Olive orchards of Ferrandina
21.4. Vineyards of Aglianico in the Vulture

22. Puglia
22.1. Monumental Turkish oak woods of Valle Ragusa
22.2. The citrus oasis in the Gargano promontory
22.3. Olive groves of the Serre salentine
22.4. The pastures of northern Upper Murgia
22.5. Terraces in the Gargano
22.6. The Valle d'Itria
22.7. The vineyards of the Lecce Tavoliere

23. Calabria
23.1. Sila plateaus
23.2. The grass fields of Isola Capo Rizzuto
23.3. Reventino chestnut groves
23.4. The Costa Viola
23.5. Monumental olive trees at Gioia Tauro
23.6. Piana del Bergamotto
23.7. The Riviera dei Cedri

24. Sicily
24.1. The citrus orchards of Conca d'Oro
24.2. The mixed orchards of the Valley of the Temples
24.3. The Ficuzza woods
24.4. Pastured carob groves on the Monti Iblei
24.5. Manna ash woods
24.6. Pantelleria's "dry-stone" landscape
24.7. The pistachio orchards of Bronte
24.8. Polyculture on the slopes of Etna

25.1. Peri-urban olive groves of Monte Oro
25.2. Rural landscapes of the Asinara Island
25.3. Treed pastures of Monte Minerva
25.4. The cork oak woods of Gallura
25.5. The traditional vineyards of Mandrolisai

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