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Archipelagoc. 1500, from Italian arcipelago "the Aegean Sea" (13c.), from arci- "chief, principal," from Latin archi + pelago "pool; gulf, abyss," from Medieval Latin pelagus "pool; gulf, abyss, sea," from Greek pelagos "sea, high sea, open sea, main" (see pelagic).[*]

Various realities overlap today and transform the way we perceive the territory. Travelers admire the landscape, thinking that it has always been there as if it revealed its only nature, forgetting how many times time or humans have shaped the land, modified its features or even transformed its appearance. In addition to this, you need to know more about it.

Perception changes according to the gaze of the beholder. Like an archipelago of islands in a vast sea that will be the territory. The places identified will become islands and other informal places will then be like rocks. Pieces of different shapes and sizes will be surrounded by a vernacular sea. In addition to this, you need to know more about it.


An archipelago, like a stretch of sea dotted with islands or groups of islands, is the necessary metaphor for understanding the territory. To approach it, we will start from the coasts of the Mediterranean, in other words a new territory made up of towns. Then, we will arrive on the border island, we will discover the island of the city there and then, following in the past and contemporary footsteps, we will meet in Marina of Rome.


In addition to this, you need to know more about it. A sensitive perception of this complex landscape is therefore possible. As we travel through the Ager Romanus, from the sea to the countryside and to Rome, the Eternal City, we can find fragments, details, nuances or tastes that refer us to these parallel realities.


[*] Oxford English Dictionary

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Olivier Duffé

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