Coastal Landscapes and Invisible Archaeology

The Case of Crapolla Abbey in Massa Lubrense


  • Pasquale Miano University of Naples Federico II
  • Francesca Coppolino University of Naples Federico II



The contribution aims to investigate the relationship between coastal landscapes, invisible archaeology and architectural design through the case of St. Peter’s Abbey archaeological site, in the fjord of Crapolla in Massa Lubrense, that has been the subject of an interdisciplinary research.

In these particular situations, architectural design works on an interpretative condition where the intersection between reciprocal learnings takes on great importance in order to define design strategies for the valorization of the weaker archaeological traces in the contemporary territory.

The Crapolla’s Abbey is an emblematic case, where the results achieved by different studies, from archaeological excavations to surveys, from studies on ancient materials and construction techniques to those on the spolia architecture, from landscape studies to geological ones, inevitably become the basis of architectural design, which has to be constantly updated, taking the connotations of an “open work” and becoming a sort of “building site of knowledge” in progress.


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Author Biography

Francesca Coppolino, University of Naples Federico II

Francesca Coppolino is an architect and a PhD in Architetural and Urban Design. Actually she is a Postdoctoral Researcher in Architectural and Urban Design at the Department of Architecture DiARC, University of Naples "Federico II". Her research interests are focused on the relation between architecture, landscape and archaeology. She has collaborated in several research groups and has participated in national and international design workshops and conferences. As a designer, he has participated in international design competitions, combining theory and practice of architecture. She is tutor within the EMJMD ALA "Architecture, Archeology and Landscape" (University of Rome La Sapienza, University of Naples Federico II, University of Coimbra UC, University of Athens NTUA).