The Castle of Paraggi and its “double life”: evolutions and meta-morphosis of a “suspended” architecture

Eastern Liguria, a sometimes harsh and inhospitable place, encompasses some of the most beautiful landscape realities of the region, thanks to the presence of the sea and of an unexpected scenery. In some cases, land and water are connected, clearly showing the challenges that Man had to face in order to dominate Nature. In these cases, these forms of anthropization can turn their constraints into potentials.

Il faro dell’isola del Tino. Trasformazione di una struttura di difesa in riferimento per la navigazione

The special and unique position of the Tino Island in the Gulf of La Spezia, with its complex orography, has strengthen his attitude of sighting, protecting and controlling the sea over centuries. Nothing can escape the view enjoyed from the top of the island, which on the clearest days catches a stretch of sea that goes from Livorno to Genoa. This was certainly noticed by the Republic of Genoa’s engineers around 1600, who probably built the current base of the lighthouse that still exists today.

Gallipoli nel paesaggio fortificato del Mediterraneo

The paper, through the study of the main maps and historical imagery, intends to describe through pictures  the fortified city of Gallipoli alongside the evolution of the Mediterranean coastal landscape  and, specifically of the Salento peninsula.