Flaminia “militare” Road Segment 1
Place FIESOLE to TREBBIO
In this description of the Via Flaminia “militare” we plan to travel together only the crossing of the Apennines from Fiesole in Bologna.
An additional study (*) by the two researchers- Cesare Agostini and Franco Santi – suggests a path connecting Fiesole and the Via Cassia “vetus” in the area of Castel Sofia in the municipality of Pelago.
We follow the current road from Fiesole to Bivigliano via Montereggi, Torre di Buiano leaving on the right the crossroad for Monte Senario (**).
This trunk of modern road is mentioned in the historical record as an ancient way of crossing the territory north of Fiesole.
Its route follows gently the sinuous terrain rising regularly for about ten kilometers. Probably the road may have been built on the old Roman path that we find as hiking trail in Casale Le Croci (where there is now an artificial reservoir).
From Casale Le Croci, follow a path slightly uphill through the farm Capanne till you reach the road to Bivigliano. A boundary dated 1234 recalls the passage of 7 noble florentine founders of convent of Monte Senario.
The Roman road continues through the fields, towards the Church of San Romolo a Bivigliano. Here it becomes a path towards Badia Buon Sollazzo and then goes down to the stream called Carza and crosses Tagliaferro.
Along this route there are evident signs of an ancient furnace in the fields of Casale Briano.
Passed stream Carza you can follow the path on local roads to the castle of Trebbio.
(*) See “A01 – La strada Flaminia Militare del 187 a.C. – Nuove ricerche e rinvenimenti” in Road bibliography
(**) The convent of Monte Senario is well worth a visit.