PEPERIA BRIDGE - Cagli
DESCRIPTION

Less than one kilometer north-east to Cagli is preserved, along the Flaminia, the Peperia bridge, much of it underground and hidden by vegetation. It should has been partially visible at the end of the nineteenth century, as reported from the brief description of Montecchini; he was able to measure the arch width (m 3.60) and that one between the two protruding rows that constitute the upper limit to the following two shoulders (m 3.10).

A drawing from the early eighteenth century shows that the bridge was much more visible at that time. In the plan, the two arms have a length of approximately eleven meters and a thickness of two, nearly twice than that of the wing walls; those ones extend more on the western side, compared to the two on the other side. Currently the old structure has been partially freed from the ground on the downstream side; we are also exploring measures to protect and enhance it, although severe discomfort is constituted by the heavy traffic that burden on the monument, built in the Augustan age to support the passage of chariots in two direction. Remains of foundation walls referring to an ancient building have been found beside the Peperia Bridge, with several iron slag, in relation to a probable ancient smithy built slightly upstream of the old street.

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