paths between ancient terraces
Trieste - Italy - 2010
The ancient landscape of terraced vineyards in Contovello is of great value. The importance of the integrity of this cultural landscape is linked to its proximity to the Castle and the Park of Miramare and the simultaneous presence of two Natura 2000 areas. We elaborated a landscape report for the Province of Trieste in 2010, analysing and evaluating a project aiming at recovering the functional features of the existing routes to improve access to agricultural land and thereby enhance the cultivation on the terraces. The landscape report include requirements for the preparation of detailed design. In particular the report indicates that the final design must take into account the value of the original dry stone walls which contribute to the authenticity of the cultural landscape. Since the replacement of an old stone wall with a new one will never reach the original authenticity it is advisable to check carefully the possibility of rebuilding the dry stone walls using the same techniques and the same materials where it is necessary to widen the path. The stones used must derive exclusively from the demolition of existing walls inside the area of intervention. The use of stone from the site ensures full respect for its original and the colours of the place and increases the environmental sustainability of the intervention.