Laura Federzoni is Professor of Human Geography at the
School of Humanities and Cultural Heritage, Alma Mater Studiorum -
University of Bologna, Italy.
The scientific activity of Laura Federzoni is concerned
especially with Historical Geography, Landscape Geography and History of Cartography.
She studied some aspects of territorial organization in the past
centuries, particularly in the Po Valley, such as:
· roman land
surveying, or limitatio, urbanisation and construction of
streets in Emilia Romagna plain in ancient times, in order to give
the reason for the preservation of cardines and
decumani in present topography of the plain, along via
"Partecipanze" in Emilia-Romagna, common organisation of
agriculture and land possession, whose origin dates back to the
middle age, preserved till now and considered as cultural
· land reclamation in
the Po Delta in the modern age, with a comparison with similar
situations in the Netherlands, in particular about the
She studied moreover the cartographic production in the State of
House of Este from the XVI to the XIX century, and particularly
some important map-makers:
· Marco Antonio Pasi,
who worked in Ferrara in XVI century, as an architect and
geographer for Alfonso II duke of Ferrara : he was the author of
two wide and important handwritten maps of the Este State . One of
them has recently been restored with digital techniques.
· Giacomo Cantelli,
who worked as geographer and librarian of the dukes of
Modena in XVII century and produced many printed maps of
European States and an atlas too, the Mercurio Geografico,
working with Michel-Antoine Baudrand and with Nicolas and Guillaume
· Domenico Vandelli,
geographer and engineer for the dukes of Modena in XVIII century,
produced many hydrographical maps and a wide printed map of Este
State . He went on a three years tour all over Europe and described
it in a handwritten journal and in a collection of letters
addressed to Lodovico Antonio Muratori, the famous historian.
devoted a considerable research to flemish cartography in the XVI
century and to contacts between flemish and italian map-makers.
also carefully analyzed the digitization and digital restoration of
ancient maps and their potential use.