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Via Amerina

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

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6A-GP-P2-3
B1 ALIGNMENT > All | The development of tourism along the Ancient Roman Roads is an action that tends to create a network involving territories of great archaeological, architectural and landscape value that are little known and poorly enjoyed as a tourist attraction. The Via Amerina is a consular road that branches off from the Via Cassia, through the ancient region of Agro Falisco then reaching Amelia town from where it takes its name. Built by the Romans in the 3rd century BC with the explicit scope to become the central axis in the process of occupation and development of the Falisco rural district and also to allow a faster connection between the seat of Roman power and the provincial areas up to Umbria. Its straight course was made possible, in spite of the uneven character of the area, thanks to major earthworks (such as cuts across the tufa stone banks, still visible today) and bridges to overcome the deep ravines that intersect the tufa plateau, one of the distinctive features of the local landscape. Today it is possible to walk the ancient path where you can see long stretches of Roman stone paving, somewhere in a state of ruin but still very suggestive. Information points are provided at major centers, where brochures and tourist guide are available, while information panels are located along the route next parking areas and facilities. The Lazio Region has funded the implementation of these interventions together with the local authorities (Provinces, Mountain Communities, Municipalities). Main objectives were to: - Restore and promote the Ancient Roman Roads, - Create an adequate pedestrian network to effectively favour both cultural tourism and a slow motion connection between Rome and its rural areas.

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