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The Appia Antica Way


The Appian Way is probably the most famous Roman road of which they were the remains , so it 's true that the Romans called: Queen viarum.
Work on the building began in 312 BC, at the behest of the censor Appio Claudio Blind (Appius Claudius Caecus, belonging to the Gens Claudia), who made renovate and expand an existing road that connected Rome to the hills of Albano. The original route of the Appian linked the Urbe (starting from Porta Capena, near the Terme di Caracalla) with Aricia (Ariccia), Foro Appio, Anxur (Terracina), Fundi (Funds), Itri, Formiae (Formia), Minturnae (Minto), Suessa (Sessa Aurunca) and Casilinum Capua.

From Capua went to Vicus Novanensis corresponding to the current Santa Maria a Vico and overcoming the Sella di Arpaia reached through the bridge over the river Isclero, Caudium (Arpaia) and here, along the Mount Mauro, Apollosa and descended to the torrent Corvo, which, because of the tortuous course of this, he spent three times, using the bridges operates in pseudosidoma Tufara, Apollosa and Corvo.
'Doubt which path to follow the' Appia from this bridge to Benevento, however, remains determined that it was entering through the Bridge Leproso or Leper, as indicated by traces of flooring leading to the embankment of the temple of Madonna delle Grazie which then continued in the direction of the decumanus, almost in the sense of today Avenue San Lorenzo and the subsequent course Garibaldi, out of the city to the east and continue on to Aeclanum (Mirabella Eclana).
The Appia then he reached the sea in Tarentum (Taranto). This was an important station in the city of Uria (Oria) and from there ended at Brundisium (Brindisi) after touching other intermediate centers. The construction work lasted until 190 BC, when the way he completed his journey to the port of Brindisi.

The route uses the track as the casting of Capo di Bove, a lava flow of 270,000 years ago coming from the Lazio Volcano (Colli Albani) and that, flowing in a valley,? went to where today c '? the tomb of Cecilia Metella.
Millennia after the hills side including the lava had flowed have smottate why? were ground and today are the valleys (like that which passes the Via Appia Nuova). Instead
the lava flow - that is leucitite, a flint hard that was used to pave the Roman road - has become the backbone of a hill almost straight, which comes from the Colli Albani to Rome.

So Appio Claudio, marking the Appia, exploited the very top of this ridge which in past centuries was formidable even to the view that looked on both sides, why? He is kept high and from where one could see the Roman countryside.
Almost certainly the first part modeled on the route of an ancient road that, starting from the Tiberina island and through the valley of the Circus Maximus, linked Rome to Albalonga and other centers of the Alban Hills.
The street was beginning to Porta Capena, near the Circus Maximus, today begins from Porta S. Sebastiano, a hundred meters from where? mail a copy of the first column miliaria of the road, in fact placed at 1478 meters from Porta Capena (the original is on the stairway at Santa Maria in Aracoeli).

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