In truth, all Roads lead from Rome.
The Roman engineers laid down roads from about 400 BCE to 400 CE, that’s 800 years of roadworks. A fine achievement of long-term planning and precision.
My first introduction to a Roman road was as a schoolgirl and the accounts, which I found utterly boring, of the Samnite Wars. I quickly forgot about those wars but remembered Appius Claudius who supervised the magnificent road from Rome to Capua.
Via Appia is still there, I’ve walked along it a little way.
The entire road is made of large slabs of stone, bleached over the centuries by year after year of hot Italian summers, and you can still walk all the way to the southern Italian city of Brindisi. Roughly 570 kilometres.
I didn’t walk all the way, have a closer look at those paving stones.
Named after the democratic leader of the time, Appius Claudius Caecus, who saw a need to improve the road not just for the military to move their troops across more quickly, but also to speed up the process of communication in the country. Claudius had a flair for Public Works.