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Via Appia        Segment 21        from km 190,9 to km 195,4

Capua (Casilinum) - Santa Maria Capua Vetere (Capua)


This segment has been completely absorbed in the urbanization process of modern Capua, which corresponds to the ancient Casilinum, and the adjacent Santa Maria Capua Vetere, which corresponds to ancient Capua.

At the entrance of the town, the via Latina (today via Casilina) converged with the via Appia and crossed river Volturno with a monumental Augustan (**) bridge, destroyed in 1943 during the second world war.

The access to the bridge from the surrounding countryside was protected in 1239 by emperor Frederick II with two towers and a monumental door, all of which destroyed in 1557 by the Spanish.

Modern Capua (*) takes its name after the ancient town, in consideration of the remarkable importance it had during the Middle Ages as the Norman castle and the beautiful palaces and streets testify. It is also the seat of the Museum of Campania, which prides on a rich collection of archaeological works coming from the ancient Capua.


(*) Capua is worth a visit (use Adobe Flash).

(**) See augustan age in glossary.