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clickmap of the Via Flaminia; everything is also linked below

This stretch of the Flaminia traverses a damp, woody area: conditions making for the deposit of lots of topsoil in 2000 years. As a result, the pavement itself remains buried; and since the road departs from its nearly due north orientation to swerve east towards Bevagna, even its location is uncertain. There are still discoveries to be made, I think.


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The Roman town of Carsulae is now just a peaceful expanse of attractive ruins in a woodland setting. Not so ruined, either: the theatre, much of the forum, one gate and some large tombs near it are preserved, aided by good restoration. The Flaminia serves as the cardo maximus, crossing the town from end to end, and at least 100 meters of its pavement are in good shape too. If you want to visit a Roman town but don't like crowds, this is the place.


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The church of S. Giovanni de Butris 1.6 km N of Acquasparta, is particularly attractive; and built on several half-buried arches of a Roman bridge.


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The Roman bridge at Ponte Fonnaia is in fair condition, or was in 1994. Since then, there have been some rather strong earthquakes in May and September 1997, but the keystone of the arch, already partly dislodged, still hasn't fallen out altogether.


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The church of S. Maria in Pantano is given as the location of the Roman town of Vicus ad Martis. Leaving aside the detached belfry so prominent in the photo to the left, the church building itself, and the attached bar and house, seem to be about one-third Roman masonry of different types, and the altar preserves a rather odd Roman inscription.


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