CHARACTERIZING POPULATION DYNAMICS AND EARLY PROCESSES OF URBANIZATION IN RURAL TUSCIA, CENTRAL ITALY
Ilaria Zambon (),
Massimo Cecchini and
Additional contact information
Ilaria Zambon: Tuscia University, Italy
Andrea Colantoni: Tuscia University, Italy
Danilo Monarca: Tuscia University, Italy
Massimo Cecchini: Tuscia University, Italy
Luca Salvati: Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, Research Centre for Forestry and Wood, Italy
Romanian Journal of Regional Science, 2017, vol. 11, issue 1, 76-101
Urbanization adapts itself strongly in rural areas, in terms of shape and structure, depending on the local-cultural customs that are usually linked to agricultural activities. With its landscapes, Italy offers a variety of settlements used by the primary sector, that however have changed over time. In the last century, urban dispersion has mixed the typical rural settlements with the new residential low-density ones. Sprawl in Italy has been successful thanks to the irregularities and the lack of compliance with the plan rules, sometimes not present or inefficient. Tuscia, which coincides with the province of Viterbo, is still a treasure trove of great natural and agricultural value, located in the heart of Italy. Also there the dispersive dynamics took place, but following the only rules dictated by the agricultural mentality, escaping from the control of urban planning. The paper focuses that, even today this territory is certainly more liveable compared to the neighbourhoods around the capital city of Rome, the urbanization of Tuscia rural areas accords with a population that is still strongly sensitive to the primary sector’s activities, which therefore allows to preserve a strong naturalness of the local context. Tuscia is probably one of the rare Italian reality in which the spatial dynamics have had to adapt to the lifestyle of its inhabitants, who persist to defend the local rural identity, still reaping the fruits of their territory.
Keywords: urban sprawl; rural areas; landscape; urbanisation; sustainable development; Italy; Tuscia (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J11 R10 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations View citations in EconPapers (1) Track citations by RSS feed
Downloads: (external link)
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.
Export reference: BibTeX
RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan)
Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:rrs:journl:v:11:y:2017:i:1:p:76-101
Access Statistics for this article
More articles in Romanian Journal of Regional Science from Romanian Regional Science Association
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Bogdan-Vasile Ileanu ().