We all know how famous the Romans were for their fantastic system of roads. The first to be built, Via Aurelia, also SS1 nowadays (Strada Statale 1) runs along the sea from Rome to the French border. The second road built by Roman engineers is the Via Cassia (SS2) running from Rome to Tuscany and points north. A connecting road, the Aurelia bis runs inland from the sea to Viterbo, linking the two. Although only two lanes wide, these three are major traffic arteries for the Tuscia (Etruria) since the area does not have Autostrade (highways).
Due to strong rains during the winter months these roads can get in pretty bad shape! Trailer trucks plus regular local traffic have to zig-zag around potholes of giant dimensions. Hmmm.. perhaps time to brush up on 2000 year old Roman road construction concepts and techniques?
Until local governments get their act together and get the road repair works done, watch out for dangerous holes and.. ahem…unclear road signage. A GPS navigation system is an excellent investment for travellers especially in light of “directions” like this one below, at the junction of the two major historic roads, the Aurelia and the Cassia.
Now, which was is it to Rome?