Italian landscape #1

 

By Martin Errichiello & Filippo Menichetti

 

National identities are co-ordinated, often largely defined, by legends and landscape, by stories of golden ages, enduring traditions, heroic deeds and dramatic destinies […] The symbolic activation of time and space, often drawing on religious sentiment, gives shape to the imagined community of the nation.

(Stephen Daniels, Fields of vision)