Italy hopes for World Heritage status for Rome's ancient road
January 25, 2023 / 8:55 AM
Sharjah24 – AFP: The Appian Way, or Via Appia, is one of the most important of the great roads built by the ancient Romans towards the end of the IV century BC and was known as "regina viarum" or queen of the roads. Archeologists are trying to uncover where it exactly started and the Italian government has requested that UNESCO make the road a World heritage.
Commenting on this, Mirella Serlorenzi, Director of the Baths of Caracalla said, "We had hoped to find the road from the imperial age known from sources as Via Nova and we have the tabernacles behind me, which constituted a monumental entrance, with all the steps to the thermal complex, at the beginning of the third century, when the Baths of Caracalla were built."
She added, "The proposal for inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List has already been signed recently by the Minister of Culture Sangiuliano, and I believe that due to the body of documentation produced, being a path that goes all the way to Brindisi, it can be accepted."