Appia Road Segment 09
From BORGO FAITI (Forum Appi) to MESA (Ad Medias)
This segment, still buried by the modern Appia road, is accompanied by the adjoining canal of the same name, allowing the traveller the choice between continuing on foot or by boat.
This canal, historically from Roman times, was reactivated with the restoration of the entire straight by Pope Pius VI in the 18th century and today bears the name canal Pio VI.
Further on, with great care, we can distinguish the original road embankment on the ground level.
According to a study carried out at this point the roadbed, 50 foot (*) (=15.8 m) wide, was supported by an embankment built of limestone blocks 50-60 cm wide by 90-110 cm long.
Probably used in this way: paved roadway 4 m, pavement 3 m on each side and the rest for the towpath (*).
|(*) See :||Decennovius|