This landscape design project creates new pathes between seperated sections of a city and promotes local plants, traditional agriculture and sustainable tourism
The area project covers an area of about 200 hectares which includes valley and pedicollinare areas characterized by transformation trends, unfinished, residual and missing connections.
The man-made landscape has incorporated the natural landscape. The project regenerates the "marginal" critical areas, restoring the harmonious connection with the surrounding rural landscape.
An urban agricultural park will be built: it will be rennovated a building at the entrance of the city, linking it with the new projetct rest areas. It will be enhanced the cycle paths- pedestrian and it will be planted autochthonous plant species to mend the peripheral urban fringes. Moreover it will be restored the tower of the olive grove in the park of Villa Fabri, to be used as a center of landscape documentation and it will be built a new park using the space of the old sports field.
The interventions will have the purpose of protecting and preserving the environment, biodiversity and the landscape, through interventions of restoration of spaces and areas that over time have undergone anthropic transformations, losing their original rural connotation to the advantage of:
- resident population
- tourist target
- hotels, restaurants and tour operators that promote the area by offering packages for slow and natural tourism;
- public institutions.

Resources needed

Funded RDP € 950.000
Human resources: Trevi n. 2; a group of 9 project experts

Evidence of success

The successful element is the multi-functionality: the positive effects of a given action will multiply by focusing on the added values.
Therefore, they’ll coexist blue and green interventions of rural areas, ecological and fruitful interventions and an increase in the naturalness of unused marginal spaces.
It will be possible to overcome the degradation of rural landscapes through the construction of new experimental spaces, usable and with a greater environmental landscape value.

Difficulties encountered

The critical elements of the project are lead times, complexity of activities, difficulty of maintenance by the beneficary.
The positive element of the project is the opportunity to implement a policy of sharing between local authorities, actors and citizens.

Potential for learning or transfer

The project can be replicated by applying the bottom-up approach, to transform the environmental and cultural characteristics of the area into strengths, without distorting its vocation.
On these identified factors is built the path of enhancement:
- enhanced the rural landscape by obtaining national and international awards (GIAHS-FAO site)
- redeveloped urban and peri-urban areas that denote elements of criticality and discontinuity with the rural landscape
- countered the risk of hydrogeological instability by safeguarding and restoring green areas in harmony with native plant species and the restoration of dry stone walls
- safeguarded the use of traditional agricultural practices that maintain the landscape of olive trees
- restored and enhanced places representative of biodiversity
- enhance scientific excellence on biodiversity and landscape issues
- to make society sensitive and to promote tourism.

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Main institution
Cumune di Trevi
Umbria, Italy (Italia)
Start Date
April 2017
End Date


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