Acquacheta: a brief history of a place on the edge of urbanism

Alessandro Mengozzi


In the historical narration of territories, the relationship between space and its communities is put in the first place. Its geographic character places it in a marginal position compared to the main social processes. The environmental conditions and social interpretations which have transformed it from Benedictine settlement to partisan resistance, and into ‘eco-sophical rural communes’, characterize it as a spatial reserve of sense, both ecological and cultural. Today, its inhabitants propose projects aimed at repopulating the area, which have to endorse this vocation, extending the cultivated surfaces according to self-sufficiency ecological principles, and setting up light structures to enhance people coming and visiting experiences through ecological observation, trekking, and temporary eco-camping.


territorial narrative; marginality; sense reservoir; repopulation; ecology

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