I love to travel, to travel walking. I laid feet and emotions in many places receiving different experiences in return. I have often walked in the traces of history: Alexander the Great’s Anabasis, the Silk Road, Leonardo da Vinci’s last journey from Rome to Amboise. One journey pulls the other and it was at the very beginning of my “Leonardo 1516”, which I was inspired by it: to walk the Ancient Appia Way.
The idea to have a trip along the whole Appia Antica began to take shape in 2017, when we knew that MiBACT, in setting up the Appia Antica Archaeological Park, entrusted its Director with the responsibility for the project of enhancing the entire consular road, up to Brindisi. It sounded good to imagine a route with a slow pace, a journey through nature, history and culture of local people.
At the beginning we thought we would get away with just a ﬁeld trip, none of us would have ever thought ofa journey that would have reached the status of a discovery. The walk, in the memorable spring of 2015, surprised us by stating the contrary. We were not only walking the Ancient Appian road, we were ﬁnding it again. Too many were the signs erased the passing oftime and for much too long no one had fully taken that wonderful red thread. We were in front of the memory loss of the Nation towards such a glorious trace. We couldn’t believe that Italy forgot that line — the first road in Europe – and make an icon out of it, like Spain did with the Way of Saint James.