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An area of Italian countryside

An area is an expanse of space. Areas can be designated very precisely by measurements, or by reference to landmark, or loosely as "over there." We can distinguish space as an expansive array of qualities and features -- textured or regioned space -- from space as a collection of points and relations relations -- geometric space. We can have many purposes in designating areas, but doing so does not automatically make them places in the sense I want to emphasize.