The primary objective of the course is to communicate the main tools and methods of modern urban planning investigation, from both the theoretical and practical point of view. Secondary objectives are the recognition, understanding and cataloguing of archaeological sites, in order to protect, preserve and valorise them. Students will be guided in acquiring the necessary skills for decoding the signs of the ancient urban form in the modern one. The conscious acquisition of traditional sources of urban planning will be supplemented by skills related to the broad spectrum of new methods in urban planning and urbanology research, borrowed from scientific and technical disciplines. Finally, students will be required to demonstrate their ability to compare data gathered for each site to the traces on the ground.