Roman trunk road in ancient Sybaris, a link to the Apian Way

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sergio46 on February 2, 2008

Appian way connected Rome to Tarentum and then to Brundisium, where are still visible the two "Ending columns" in front of the port. So it didn't go across Sybaris.

apas on March 3, 2008

It isn't the Appian way, but it could be a road that was linked to the Appian, joining it in Tarentum.

Ian @ Wilmar on March 3, 2008

I've been told before that ths isn't the Apian Waybut forgot to change the title. Done now! When I was there in September 2006, I was the only visitor. I don't speak Italian; the Guide didn't speak English; hence the confusion!

apas on March 3, 2008

In Italy, we don't care much for our monuments...Appian way runs through my region (Basilicata, where the ancient Roman city Venusia is), but it's neglected. Recently in Panoramio was published a photo of a Roman bridge which probably belonged to the Appian way, near Venusia: it's completely abandoned in the midst of the countryside, under thick vegetation. It's a pity!

Ian @ Wilmar on March 3, 2008

I spent some time in Basilicata, as you can probably see from my Panoramio photos. It's amazing how many people fall in love with Aliano! And I didn't have enough time in Matera. Tomorrow evening I have the last of this year's Italian classes at Glasgow University. I hoped that by this time I'd be able to do more than order "espresso dopio", but I don't think I'm any further forward. Instead of our usual holiday in Sorrento, my wife and I are thinking of visiting Capo Rizzuto this year. I was on my way there when I took that photo that is not the Apian Way.

apas on March 3, 2008

I understand that learning Italian isn't easy. English is a more practical language, easier for a foreigner to learn (though pronunciation is difficult!). Basilicata is very interesting. It has a lot of nice villages and variuos landscapes. We have also a lot of archaelogic sites (such as Metapontum, Venusia, Grumentum). Your photos are very good. Capo Rizzuto is certainly a very nice place (I have never been there, but I have heard of it). Are you from Scotland? Bye-bye

Ian @ Wilmar on March 3, 2008

It is my hope to return to Basilicata sometime next year. One of my greatest disappointments was getting a copy of the film "Christ Stopped at Eboli", and finding it was filmed in Craco, not Aliano. I liked Legi di Montichio, near Melfi. The hotel I stayed in while I was there is in Scanzanno Ionica, which is a very strange place. Your English is very good! Ian

apas on March 4, 2008

I usually read English magazines (The Economist, Granta, The Good Book Guide) and books. I live and work in Basilicata, in Potenza. I have two daughters (and just one wife). Villages in the outback of Basilicata are very nice, quite magical... Aliano is just one of them (there are many others which are equally interesting). The book "Christ stopped at Eboli" is wonderful, poetic. bye!

Ian @ Wilmar on March 4, 2008

May I point you to David Yeadon's book, "Season's In Basilicata"? He visited Aliano and ended up renting an apartment - just behind this photo - and staying there a year. Carlo Levi's book is a wonderful insight into that time and the political climate; David Yeadon's book is the same, and little seems to have changed. I haven't visited Potenza; yet!! I usually go away on my own in September - last year, the Grand Canyon; 2006 it was Basilicata - so maybe this September. The Editor of Granta, Ian Jack, is a friend of mine. I can see his holiday home on Isle of Bute from where I am sitting now, in Skelmorlie. My wife is a writer; short stories mainly. She's just putting together a collection for publication. I keep suggesting she sends stuff to Granta. Her name, by the way, is Kirstin Zhang. You'll find her on Google. She won the Orange Short Story Competition in 2006, and the BBC Travel Writing Competition on 2005. If you want, you can get me on - translate this to the format of an email address - ian at onewilmar dot co dot uk . Ian

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