Thursday, January 29, 2015

CCR Walks with Olivia: Constantine and the Arco di Malborghetto - February 8, 2015

All Italian school children are taught that Constantine beat his rival Maxentius at the Milvian Bridge in the year 312 AD, ushering in a new era in Western Europe. Very few people have actually visited one of the few extant sites linked to the momentous battle -- the Malborghetto Arch, at km 19 along the Via Flaminia, which was erected by a thankful Constantine as a four-sided triumphal monument to mark the place where he pitched his camp before the fateful battle. The arch was walled up and turned into a medieval “casale” or fortified farm house, which was bought by a “pomatarius” or herbalist, to whom it owes its present castle-like appearance, and was only identified in the early 1900s. We will visit the small museum inside, and chart the story of the arch and its history.

When: Sunday, February 8, 2015
Time & Meeting Place: 10:15 a.m. at Sacrofano railway station parking lot. The 9:30 commuter train from Piazzale Flaminio arrives at Sacrofano at 9:57. 
Cost: €10 for CCR members, €15 for non-members for the guided tour. Please bring exact change, as this will greatly facilitate the process for everyone.
RVSP required by Wednesday, February 4th:  ATTN Joe at You are financially responsible for your reservation.
NOTE: Please bring correct change, familiarize yourself with the meeting place ahead of time and make sure you are ready to depart promptly.