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Via Flaminia "militare"        Segment 3        from km 43,3 to km 73,3

Poggio Castelluccio - 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 "castelliere" (*) and in the proximity a rundown building. By the study of foundation planimetry we assume that was a stable of horses (mutatio?)(*).

Further on for one km towards the Poggiaccio pass (1196 m) on meet a little source of water and a number of segment of "basolato" incoherent.

Just before the pass, the road runs along a artificial 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 vocable (*) "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.

At Mount Bastione (1190 m) before the border between Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna , there are still visible substantial trunks of the ancient roman "basolato" and 500 m further on, an old stone quarry probabily used by the legionaries to pave the road.

From this point the old layout of the road is lost and going towards Bologna we can only follow existing trails (see "La via degli Dei")(**) and the modern roads ridge-line between the rivers Sàvena and Setta.

The ruins of the ancient Church of St. Ansano deserve particular attention destroyed in World War II, within walking distance of Brento.


(*)   See castelliere , mutatio , vocable in glossary
(**) See A02 - La via degli Dei in Road bibliography