Via Claudia Augusta and the enigma
The Via Claudia Augusta is one of the main roads built by the Romans in the north of Italy, designed to link up the Po Plains with the towns conquered by the Romans on the other side of the Alps. In particular, it connected Altino to the shores of the river Danube and was realized by the Emperor Claudius in the years 46-47 BC, based on the lay-out set down by his father Druso Maggiore. The road was 350 Roman miles long (about 518 kilometres) and represented such an important communication road that that it constituted a fundamental part of the development of the territory around Treviso. Yet even today, this road remains shrouded in mystery: what was the lay-out of the Via Claudia Augusta?
In fact numerous scholars and enthusiasts have dedicated time and research to finding out where exactly the original route lay and have formulated various hypotheses, based on the historical evidence of the Roman period that is present in the Marchlands. For those who wish to try and follow the traces of this ancient road, the most important thing to consider is that following the lay-out means re-discovering connections between different lands and peoples in the heart and at the very roots of modern Europe.
This means using the 'key' for the Marchlands around Treviso that opens up this jewel-case of treasures and allows the visitor to re-discover them in the light of the history that has passed, outlining the artistic, civil and cultural developments that have taken place over the years.
To find out more details about this itinerary dedicated to the Via Claudia Augusta, download the brochure "Historical Marca" ENG (pdf) - Historische Marca DEU (pdf)
Photos: Via Claudia Augusta Analysts