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Via Appia        Segment 38        from km 461,8 to km 481,0

Masseria Candile (Sublupatia) - Palagiano (Ad Canales)


A nice modern majolica ware illustrating the route of the Via Appia has been put on the conduit of the Masseria Candile (Sublupatia).

Before Iazzo Semeraro it is possible to identify an archaic tomb excavated in the rock.

After the Masseria Candile the via Appia follows an itinerary difficult to detect towards Palagiano (Ad Canales) as it crosses various Gravine (canyons)(of Monte Camplo, of Santo Stefano, of Castellaneta, of Lenne).(**)

Each gravina today, due to the floods, looks very different in length and depth from what it used to be in Roman times. It is therefore quite difficult to detect the exact place of fords.

Opposite Castellaneta (*), surrounded by a deap gravina (**), there is the isolated Monte S. Trinità (411 m) site of a peucetic centre (**) and now site of a Norman castle.

After Castellaneta , a few kilometres from Palagiano (Ad Canales) we see a beautiful remain near the SS7 - the modern Via Appia.

It consists of a rectangular enclosure, called "Parete Pinto" 56 x 40 m in size, about 2 m deep of opus reticolatum (**) probably used as enclosure for sheeps used by the Statio ad Canales in the vicinity of Palagiano (Ad Canales).


(*) Castellaneta is well worth a visit

(**) See gravina, peucetic, opus reticolatum in glossary