University Sapienza of Rome - DIPTU - Department of Territorial and urban Planning


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The Department of Territorial and Town Planning at the Sapienza University of Rome develops activities of research in the fields of Environmental & Landscape Planning; Regional Planning; Politics, Processes & Instruments for Urban Planning and Physical Transformation; Urban Rehabilitation; Networks & Communication Systems; Developmental Policies in Europe & Developing Countries; Geographical Information Systems.

DIPTU is actively involved in international research activities, including European programmes. The DIPTU is currently creating a Relay with its associates, created to act as an antenna, collecting and coordinating difficulties faced and information gathered by the network’s partners concerning river districts. This data will be gathered systematically to be treated together with the partners, in order to ensure technical and scientific aid to local administrators with the goal of developing a Chart of River Landscapes. A new project called « Save Urban Heritage” and promoted by the DIPTU under ENPI programme was approved by the EC. It involves the municipalities of Rome, Moscow and Kiev and aimed at developing a replicable model of prevention, safeguarding, valorisation and promotion of the architectural and cultural heritage of 1920s Constructivist and Avant-garde architecture and the urban fabric of the cities of Moscow and Kiev. The project is starting in January 2010 and will end in December 2011.

Role and expectations in the project

An integrated management plan for Upper Tuscia’s Cultural Landscape and the Monte Rufeno Nature Reserve


The interregional specificities of this area, located in the North of Latium, on the borders between Tuscany and Umbria, make unique and variegated landscapes along with the natural characteristics of its territory and its history.

From a naturalistic point of view this territory presents different features: orographic, pedologic, morphological and hydrographic. The environment could be ideally divided into three areas according to their natural characteristics: the (north-eastern) hilly landscape of Monte Rufeno Reserve (photo: Monte Rufeno Reserve), the (east-western) Paglia river valley with its hydrographic system (photo: Paglia river) and the (south-western) ravine landscape with its large rural areas (photo:Torre Alfina Landscape).

The territory is rich of historic and cultural resources dating back to prehistoric times and included in the cultural itinerary of Alta Tuscia (photo: Basilica of St. Sepulchre at Acquapendente.).
Historical landscapes with their heritage values—cultural landscapes—have reached key status in the field of cultural heritage conservation and planning. Nevertheless this territory is subject to complex normative issues generated by institutional bodies. As a result, we face a situation in which multiple policies overlap each other with lack of coordination generating a weak landscape transformation and policies as well as dispersion of natural and economic resources.

Often the only actions taken over the territory are directed to protect existing landscapes without any concerns for decayed areas and creation of new landscapes. In addition, it is crucial to redefine the conditions to effectively transfer landscape management strategies and directions from a regional to a local level.


The final objective is the development of a model of "Cultural Landscapes Management" aimed to eliminate subjective interpretations and evaluations representing a platform or framework for regional and local decisions. The model will include the following guidelines:

  • Coordination between regional and local landscape planning;
  • Transmunicipal management of landscapes;
  • Development of a reticular landscape system;
  • Creation of policies aimed to promote the conservation/transformation of resources of social and economic value;
  • Local population awareness of the cultural landscapes value;
  • Training policy makers and professionals on cultural landscapes;
  • Monitoring development processes.

A good practices Manual to be used for further cultural landscapes of European Countries.


Province of Viterbo

Project manager

Prof. Lucio Carbonara, Euroscapes Project’s responsible for DIPTU

Technical coordinator(s) | Advisor(s)

Claudio Bordi, Project manager - Contact person

Prof. Elio Trusiani, technical coordinator

Emanuela Biscotto, technical assistance


DIPTU - Department of Territorial and Urban Planning

Rome University La Sapienza,
Via Flaminia, 72
00196 Rome


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