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Via Appia

 

 

 

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ROUTE OF VIA APPIA 1-Sepolcro di Gallieno 2-Frattocchie 3-Ariccia 4-Monte Cagnoletto 5-Cisterna di Latina 6-Junction via Ninfina 7-Tor tre Ponti 8-Foro Appio 9-Mesa 10-Sanctuary of Feronia 11-Terracina 12-Fondi (from North) 13-Formia 14-Minturno 15-Mondragone 16-Masseria Santoianni 17-Masseria Sant'Agnello 18-Masseria Nuova 19-Parco Spine 20-Capua 21-Santa Maria Capua Vetere 22-Villa Galazia 23-Santa Maria a Vico 24-Arpaia 25-Benevento 26-San Cumano 27-Ponte Rotto 28-Mirabella Pass 29-La Toppa Plain 30-Lacedonia 31-Santa Venere Bridge 32-Venosa 33-Masseria Tripputi 34-Masseria Costarizza 35-Gravina di Puglia 36-Murgia Catena 37-Masseria Candile 38-Palagiano 39-Taranto 40-Masseria Misicuro(from South) 41-Oria 42-Masseria Muro 43-Brindisi 44-Variant 1 Fondi (from South) 45-Variant 2 Masseria Misicuro (from North)

Table of partitions of the road                 mp (milia passum = 1482 m)


segment mp MODERN NAME ANCIENT NAME COORDINATE quota
m
MUNICIPALITY DISTRICT REGION
    ROMA URBE 41 48 40 N,
12 33 58 E
22 ROMA ROMA LAZIO (IT)
1 IX GALLIENO's sepulchre AD NONUM I 41 47 27 N,
12 35 20 E
132 ROMA ROMA LAZIO (IT)
2 III FRATTOCCHIE BOVILLAE 41 45 40 N,
12 37 30 E
132 MARINO ROMA LAZIO (IT)
3 IV ARICCIA ARICIA 41 43 00 N,
12 40 19 E
328 ARICCIA ROMA LAZIO (IT)
4 V CAGNOLETTO Mount SUBLANUVIO 41 41 32 N,
12 42 17 E
395 GENZANO DI ROMA ROMA LAZIO (IT)
5 IX CISTERNA DI LATINA AD SPONSAS 41 35 02 N,
12 50 46 E
77 CISTERNA DI LATINA LATINA LAZIO (IT)
6 III Junction VIA NINFINA TRES TABERNAE 41 33 53 N,
12 52 16 E
51 CISTERNA DI LATINA LATINA LAZIO (IT)
7 VI TOR TRE PONTI TRIPONTIUM 41 30 29 N,
12 56 41 E
14 LATINA LATINA LAZIO (IT)
8 IV BORGO FAITI FORUM APPI 41 27 59 N,
12 59 51 E
7 LATINA LATINA LAZIO (IT)
9 VIII MESA AD MEDIAS 41 23 08 N,
13 06 09 E
5 PRIVERNO LATINA LAZIO (IT)
10 VII Sanctuary of FERONIA LUCUS FERONIA 41 18 38 N,
13 12 01 E
5 TERRACINA LATINA LAZIO (IT)
11 III TERRACINA TARRACINA 41 17 31 N,
13 14 54 E
15 TERRACINA LATINA LAZIO (IT)
12 XII FONDI (from NORTH) FUNDI 41 21 32 N,
13 25 36 E
10 FONDI LATINA LAZIO (IT)
13 XIV FORMIA FORMIAE 41 15 19 N,
13 36 10 E
2 FORMIA LATINA LAZIO (IT)
14 IX MINTURNO MINTURNAE 41 13 48 N,
13 45 24 E
12 MINTURNO LATINA LAZIO (IT)
15 IX MONDRAGONE SINUESSA 41 08 58 N,
13 51 00 E
10 MONDRAGONE CASERTA CAMPANIA (IT)
16 IX MASSERIA SANTOIANNI AD PONS CAMPANUS 41 08 01 N,
13 58 18 E
15 FALCIANO DEL MASSICO CASERTA CAMPANIA (IT)
17 IV MASSERIA SANT'AGNELLO URBANAE 41 07 24 N,
14 02 14 E
5 FRANCOLISE CASERTA CAMPANIA (IT)
18 IV MASSERIA NUOVA AD NONUM II 41 07 06 N,
14 05 53 E
10 GRAZZANISE CASERTA CAMPANIA (IT)
19 I PARCO SPINE AD OCTAVUM 41 06 51 N,
14 08 37 E
14 CAPUA CASERTA CAMPANIA (IT)
20 VI CAPUA CASILINUM 41 05 10 N,
14 15 00 E
25 CAPUA CASERTA CAMPANIA (IT)
21 III SANTA MARIA CAPUA VETERE CAPUA 41 04 51 N,
14 16 20 E
36 SANTA MARIA CAPUA VETERE CASERTA CAMPANIA (IT)
22 VI VILLA GALAZIA CALATIA 41 02 35 N,
14 21 23 E
51 MADDALONI CASERTA CAMPANIA (IT)
23 VI SANTA MARIA A VICO AD NOVAS 41 01 38 N,
14 28 09 E
81 SANTA MARIA A VICO CASERTA CAMPANIA (IT)
24 IX ARPAIA CAUDIUM 41 02 10 N,
14 32 49 E
285 ARPAIA BENEVENTO CAMPANIA (IT)
25 XII BENEVENTO BENEVENTUM 41 08 00 N,
14 46 00 E
135 BENEVENTO BENEVENTO CAMPANIA (IT)
26 IV SAN CUMANO NUCERIOLA 41 07 20 N,
14 49 31 E
223 BENEVENTO BENEVENTO CAMPANIA (IT)
27 VI PONTE ROTTO AD CALOREM 41 05 10 N,
14 56 00 E
179 CALVI BENEVENTO CAMPANIA (IT)
28 V MIRABELLA Pass AECLANUM 41 03 14 N,
15 00 50 E
431 MIRABELLA ECLANO AVELLINO CAMPANIA (IT)
29 XXI LA TOPPA Plain SUBROMULA 40 59 50 N,
15 20 06 E
908 BISACCIA AVELLINO CAMPANIA (IT)
30 XI LACEDONIA AQUILONIA 41 04 05 N,
15 26 08 E
732 LACEDONIA AVELLINO CAMPANIA (IT)
31 XI SANTA VENERE Bridge PONS AUFIDI 41 04 26 N,
15 32 43 E
223 MELFI POTENZA BASILICATA (IT)
32 XXIV VENOSA VENUSIA 40 57 40 N,
15 49 00 E
415 VENOSA POTENZA BASILICATA (IT)
33 XX MASSERIA TRIPPUTI AD PINUM 40 52 23 N,
16 07 43 E
392 GENZANO DI LUCANIA POTENZA BASILICATA (IT)
34 X MASSERIA COSTARIZZA SILUTUM 40 54 54 N,
16 19 35 E
479 GRAVINA IN PUGLIA BARI PUGLIA (IT)
35 VIII GRAVINA IN PUGLIA SILVIUM 40 49 02 N,
16 24 50 E
350 GRAVINA IN PUGLIA BARI PUGLIA (IT)
36 XIII MURGIA CATENA BLERA 40 45 30 N,
16 37 17 E
370 SANTERAMO IN COLLE TARANTO PUGLIA (IT)
37 XIV MASSERIA CANDILE SUBLUPATIA 40 39 33 N,
16 49 15 E
339 CASTELLANETA TARANTO PUGLIA (IT)
38 XIII PALAGIANO AD CANALES 40 34 45 N,
17 02 12 E
40 PALAGIANO TARANTO PUGLIA (IT)
39 XVI TARANTO TARENTUM 40 28 00 N,
17 13 00 E
15 TARANTO TARANTO PUGLIA (IT)
40 XIV MASSERIA MISICURO (from SOUTH) MESOCHORUS 40 29 07 N,
17 25 57 E
73 TARANTO TARANTO PUGLIA (IT)
41 X ORIA URBIUS 40 30 00 N,
17 38 00 E
120 ORIA BRINDISI PUGLIA (IT)
42 VI MASSERIA MURO SCAMNUM 40 32 42 N,
17 44 20 E
103 LATIANO BRINDISI PUGLIA (IT)
43 XIV BRINDISI BRUNDISIUM 40 37 00 N,
17 57 00 E
15 BRINDISI BRINDISI PUGLIA (IT)
44 XII Variant 1 FONDI (from SOUTH) FUNDI 41 21 32 N,
13 25 36 E
10 FONDI LATINA LAZIO (IT)
45 X Variant 2 MASSERIA MISICURO (from NORTH) MESOCHORUS 40 29 07 N,
17 25 57 E
73 TARANTO TARANTO PUGLIA (IT)

Remarks of the route


It would apparently seem easy to re-discover the itinerary long Via Appia today, the "Regina viarum", given the large amount of existing texts, articles, memories and catalogues of exhibitions.


But only one person has so far claimed (1) to have covered the whole distance: Francesco Maria Pratilli (1689-1763, p11 - Pratilli) who describes it in his "Della Via Appia riconosciuta e descritta da Roma a Brindisi", published in 1745.


The above mentioned sequence of segments (see R01 - Radke and l10 - Lugli) raises discussions in relation to the following areas:

1. From Minturno to Capua: the question is whether it passed first by Sessa Aurunca and then by Mondragone.

2. From Mirabella Pass to Bisaccia: the question is whether it passed long the Ufita river and then went up to La Toppa Plain or along the Ufita and Ofanto rivers  watershed (q11 - Quilici).

3. From Palagiano to Oria: discussions are made on the trail and construction of the two sections, the one going North of Mar Grande and the one that crosses Taranto.


Undeniably, the farthest Via Appia proceeds, the more difficult it becomes to identify the original trail.


Up to Benevento, the only question is about the crossing of Ager Falernus (plain of Carinola) but the itinerary is often clearly visible. From Benevento on, there are no traces anymore.


It is nonetheless true that the "Ponterotto"on the Calore river , just before Mirabella Pass, witnesses the itinerary of Via Appia, just as much as the Santa Venere Bridge on Ofanto river before Melfi and the bridge on Gravina Gennarini before Taranto. Except for this, nothing else cam be claimed as effective evidence.

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Note 1: just after the publication of the work, Gesualdo Erasmo (g04 - Gesualdo) wrote "Osservazioni critiche sopra la storia della Via Appia di F.M. Pratilli"


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