Flaminia “militare” Road Segment 3
Place POGGIO CASTELLUCCIO to BRENTO (BRINTUM)
This segment continues to develop in altitude in the Apennines with alignment Fiesole-Bologna. One crosses woods and meadows with significant traces of the Via Flaminia “militare”.
At Poggio Castelluccio one sees the protective wall of an ancient ligurian castle and in the proximity a rundown building, possible shelter for no time travellers … !
Further, in conjunction of the word “Poggiaccio”, the road runs along a reservoir placed within walking distance of a plateau.
As in modern times there is only one source of water along the road which crosses this part of the Apennines, you can assume that the pond was built to collect melted waters and water horses and travellers.
In addition the contiguous plateau seems to fit soldiers’ or travellers’ encampment .
The road continues towards Madonna dei Fornelli, and in a place by the name of Piana degli Ossi researchers – Cesare Agostini and Franco Santi – have discovered a small lime production plant with 6 furnaces. The place was fully explored in 1989 and today is abandoned.
Passed at Mount Bastione (1.190 m) the border between region Tuscany and region Emilia-Romagna , there are still visible substantial trunks of ancient roman “basolato” and in the proximity there is also an old stone quarry.
From this point the old lay out of the road is lost and going towards Bologna we can only follow existing trails (*) and the modern roads.
The ruins of the ancient church of St. Ansano deserve particular attention destroyed in World War II, within walking distance of Brento.————–
(*) See “La via degli Dei” in bibliography