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The Landscape and the Italian Historic Houses

The importance of historic houses in the protection of the Italian landscape
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Posted by Giorgio Hardouin on September 5, 2019
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What is the landscape?

We have always been led to believe that the landscape is only the external aspect of what we see. Most of the time we focus only on the aesthetic aspect of a beautiful view of hills, mountains, valleys, stretches of coast and rivers. The aesthetic data is only one of the aspects that we must consider; what are the causes that shaped the landscape we see? this is the first question we should ask ourselves. The answer to this question is almost always one: the actions of nature and man they give life to the landscape we are facing.

The man who overlaps with nature gives life to landscape transformations; then we see forests transform into cultivated fields, hills filled with rows of vineyards or olive groves. In the midst of unspoiled nature, man has built castles, monasteries, large monumental villas, isolated houses in the countryside or grouped in villages, towns and cities.

The mistake that many make is to believe that the term landscape refers only to the countryside; in reality the term landscape extends to the whole territory, therefore also to the city.

The Natural Landscape

In the natural landscape the original state of nature predominates and the signs of human activity do not exist or are insignificant.

agricultural landscape

The Agricultural Landscape

In the agricultural landscape man has changed the nature of the place through the use of natural elements; the creation of this landscape takes place through man who intervenes on nature by planting trees, crops and much more. The Tuscan countryside with its rows of vineyards is a typical example of an agricultural landscape.

rural Italian landscape

The Rural Landscape

With this term we define the environment outside the city which can be cultivated and characterized by scattered buildings such as farmhouses, farmhouses, farmhouses, bagli and other buildings typical of the Italian countryside. This


urban landscape

The Urban Landscape

This is the landscape that characterizes the city, here the work of man totally predominates and the only visible traces of nature are the gardens, tree-lined avenues, the sea, rivers and lakes.

Study the landscape

The landscape as we see it is the result of continuous changes due to natural, social and economic factors that can be linked to events even distant in time. By examining the landscape it is often possible to rediscover what man has done in the past; from the observation and study of the landscape we can learn to read the history of man and his origins. Through the landscape we rediscover testimonies of everyday life that took place in the villages and in the fields where our ancestors lived and worked.

Historical dwellings and landscape protection

The territory that surrounds us is rich in visible testimonies of the past world, these testimonies must be protected by defending them from the destructive actions of man. Historic houses are very often surrounded by parks, estates, gardens, woods, fields; the owners of these ancient houses work every day to ensure that this natural heritage remains protected. The Italian Historic Houses, often the headquarters of large agricultural properties, represent real garrisons of the territory. The owners of these ancient houses are custodians of a fundamental heritage for the preservation of the landscape and the cultural identity of the country.

The historic houses have a very high landscape value and therefore represent a fundamental element for the defense of the Italian landscape.

Through the protection of the landscape important documents of our past and our traditions are preserved. The Italian landscape is the expression of a very ancient past and it is our duty to maintain its integrity.