Vol. 20 No. 1 (2022): Walking and Staying in the Landscape
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Soaking in the thermal landscapes: a slow tour across the Italian inner territories

Margherita Pasquali
Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering (DICAM), University of Trento
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Chiara Chioni
Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering (DICAM), University of Trento
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Sara Favargiotti
Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering (DICAM), University of Trento
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Published July 1, 2022
Keywords
  • Wellbeing landscapes,
  • thermal landscapes,
  • travel,
  • slow routes,
  • inner territories
How to Cite
Pasquali, M., Chioni, C., & Favargiotti, S. (2022). Soaking in the thermal landscapes: a slow tour across the Italian inner territories. Ri-Vista. Research for Landscape Architecture, 20(1), 222-237. https://doi.org/10.36253/rv-12550

Abstract

Crossing the Italian inner territories offers the opportunity to describe no longer their marginali- ty, but to narrate their human and natural resources and, among many, the water: this journey through the Italian thermal landscapes aims to unveil how the landscape is a collective good to be protected, but also a unique opportunity for territorial regeneration. The discovery of the curative properties of some waters – which derive from their deep flow through mineral layers – is intercrossed by history and myth, but their rediscovery is nowadays more relevant than ever for a slow, experiential, sustainable, and inclusive fruition. In the disconnected system of inner rural and mountain territories, the thermal baths can be an opportunity to rediscover and reconnect with nature and wellbeing: they can be places to stay, to be reached for the physical and spiritual rehabilitation, to experience landscapes where to immerse, remain and return.

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