Saturday, March 29, 2014

Via Appia Antica (just before VI Miglio)

 A Spring day is a great time to stroll along the Via Appia Antica, the Queen of the Roads.

Wedding couple enjoying the photo possibilities along the via Appia Antica.



From the translation of the text written by Romolo Augusto Staccioli of the University of Rome “La Sapienza” for the tourist map “La Via Appia Antica” published for free by Azuenda di Promozione Turistica di Roma.

VIA APPIA ANTICA was the first and most important of the great roads which the Romans built. Rightly called the Regina Viarum, or queen of roads, it was constructed towards the end of the 4th century B.C. in order to set up a fast communication between Rome and Capua. The whole distance was 132 miles, and was normally covered in a journey lasting five or six days.

The year of birth of the road was 312 B.C., when Appius Claudius held the office of censor in Rome: he was the magistrate who had the road built, giving it his own name. Its planning followed a surprisingly modern approach, which left the intermediate towns to one side, though they were linked to it by apposite streets, and aimed straight for the objective. The road thus had to be built overcoming great natural obstacles like the Pontine marshes by means of important engineering works.

The first stretch, as far as Terracina, was an extremely long straight line of approximately ninety kilometres in length, the last 28 of which flanked by an artificial canal that allowed one to alternate the carriage or horseback trip with a boat ride. 

The Appian way was lengthened several times: at first immediately after 268 B.C., as far as Beneventum, then from there to the Appenines, thence to Venosa and finally on to Taranto. During the second century before Christ, lastly, it was taken as far as Brindisi, gateway to the East.

 This is actually just past VI Miglio.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Have a Blessed Christmas

Three Holy Mothers
Ann, Mary & Elizabeth
7th Century fresco in the Church of Santa Maria Antiqua
in the Roman Forum - Photo by Larry Litman, 2013

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

December 24 - Advent Calendar 2013: Stairs in Rome

Stairs leading uphill "through" an apartment building in Garbatella
designed by Innocenzo Sabbatini in the 1920's.

Monday, December 23, 2013

December 23 - Advent Calendar 2013: Stairs in Rome

The fountain steps of the Palazzo dei Congressi (EUR)
designed by Adalberto Libera in 1938.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

December 22 - Advent Calendar 2013: Stairs in Rome

Piazza di Spagna: The right foot of the Spanish Steps leads to the Keats-Shelley House. The house was the final home of the romantic poet John Keats, who died in 1821 at the age of 25.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

December 21 - Advent Calendar 2013: Stairs in Rome

The back stairs of the Campidoglio (Capitoline Hill)
come up from the ruins of the Roman Forum.

Friday, December 20, 2013

December 20 - Advent Calendar 2013: Stairs in Rome

Stairs leading to the Little Sister of Jesus
Tre Fontane, Rome