Discovering Roman Roads



  • Giovanni Giuseppe Antamoro, author

  • (technical topics)
  • Amici delle Strade Romane

  • (cultural topics)
and, among the Amici,  
  • Cesare Agostini and Franco Santi, doggeds researchers and discoverers of the forgotten road, built by the consul Caio Flaminio in 187 BC from Bologna to Arezzo.
  • Fabio Budel, Società Archeologica Claudia Augusta - Cesio Maggiore
  • Nicola Cippone, scholar of ancient and middle age topography
  • Franco Cipriani, promoter of "Compagni di Strada" - a company of Amici delle strade romane in Venetia
  • Jean Yves Eveillard, author of study "La voie romaine de Rennes ŕ Carhaix", Professor of Université de la Bretagne Occidentale (Brest)
  • David Morton, author of a Website on roman roads in Etruria
  • Christian Vogelsang, author of an experimental Website on roman roads in South-West Germany
  • Alfredo Ilardi, Danielle Khoury, Maria-Sabina Yétérian-Parisi


In the mid seventies Nino Voltolina and Franco Cipriani started trekking the ancient roman road Claudia Augusta - linking Altino on the lagoon of Venice with the Danube in actual Bayern - following some detailed maps published by Alberto Alpago Novello. Some friends and their families joined them in following years.

The group took name "Compagni di strada" - road fellows - and now numbers 60 members with an average presence of 35 at main social gatherings.

"Compagni di strada" is in fact, if not formally, a club whose main activity consists in trekking once a month Claudia Augusta or other romans roads in North-East Italy; excursions in italian or foreign areas where roman roads are known to be, cultural visits, other open air activities such as trekking or cycling are also organized.

Trekking Claudia Augusta has been an opportunity of meeting people and making friends as well for old as for new members.The slow pace of trekking makes it also easy "reading" landscapes and even more appreciating cultures, nature, artistics resources of Italy, whose aspects vary astoningly even among areas quite close each other.

Translation in English by Franco Cipriani - 26/01/2005