Author: Smilja Milovanovic Bertram
Texas university at Austin
The Piazza Etrusca is located in Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy, a small Tuscan town south of Florence. Castiglion Fiorentino differs from its neighbors in which it possesses ancient Etruscan ruins at the town’s summit. The prominent line in which the Etruscans organized their development runs through the center of our site located on a hillside. We discovered a true historical value in the town’s unique ruins and strived to create a project that would revitalize these neglected entities. Developing a physical path connects both tourists and locals together to experience a linear journey of thresholds, moments, and intersections through Castiglion Fiorentino to the Etruscan historical site, giving importance back to the town’s ancient history.
The intersection of the town’s biking and hiking trails with the Etruscan line called for a project that would provide a threshold for travelers to transition through the medieval walls of the town and gather local citizens and tourists together. The project consists of three main programs
- a central piazza along with other outdoors spaces
- a skate and bike park for the town’s youth to enjoy
- a hotel for visiting tourists
Pedestrians and bikers are able to travel directly through the project following the Etruscan line or can leisurely travel through the different spaces and programs. The use of hybrid drawings in this project merges the technologies of traditional Italian painting with modern day digital graphics, much in the same way Piazza Etrusca merges with the Etruscan ruins, to create one holistic journey.