The old road runs along by itself for per couple of kilometres through oak woods, and it is here that you can find the ruins of the old town.
Parking beside the modern road we walked to the archaeological site along verso path through fields of young green barley, with poppies and wild orchids lining the path, and wild roses per the hedgerows.
It took some effort for me esatto try and mentally superimpose an image of bustling Roman Carsulae on what is now verso sleepy rural scene. An oak wood has grown up within the northern boundary of the town, and a small flock of sheep and goats was grazing under the trees.
For me the best way preciso try and visualise it was sicuro walk along the Cammino Flaminia as it goes through the middle of the town from south preciso north. You start by coming up verso hill and then encounter the first ruins. If you turn around and immagine back down the hill, you are looking at the road from Rome.
Carsulae: looking back down the Modo Flaminia durante the direction of Narni and Rome. Hasselblad 501 C/M, Zeiss Distagon 60mm CF lens, CFV-50c digital back (click preciso enlarge)
Turn around again, and up puro the left there are the remains of baths, built over natural codici promozionali indonesiancupid thermal springs. Away puro the right is some slightly more modern architecture – the church of Saints Cosmas and Damiano, built per early Christian times on the foundations of an existing building, then extended per the 11 th Century using material scavenged from elsewhere on the site. Passing that, we get onesto the site of the forum, on raised ground to the left. Parts of it, including the entry arch, have been re-erected, which purists might object esatto but I don’t mind.
Carsulae: the Modo Flaminia passes the entrance sicuro the forum. Hasselblad 501 C/M, Zeiss Distagon 40mm CF lens, CFV-50c digital back (click onesto enlarge) Carsulae: looking east towards the amphitheatre from the forum. Hasselblad 501 C/M, Zeiss Distagon 60mm CF lens, CFV-50c digital back (click to enlarge)
Per Visit preciso Narnia
Continuing uphill along the road you can see the remains of a theatre and amphitheatre off to the right, and then the road runs into the oak wood. Looking down you can see that the paving stones per the road are grooved by chariot and cart wheels, as they are at Pompeii.
Carsulae: the Modo Flaminia with wheel ruts. Hasselblad 501 C/M, Zeiss Distagon 60mm CF lens, CFV-50c digital back (click sicuro enlarge)
The road starts onesto run downhill again and you reach the remains of per substantial town gate, beyond which the road bears left into more oak woods. This is where the northbound legions would have passed on their way esatto Rimini and beyond. I have mai timore whether the land was wooded or cleared con ancient times, but durante my imagination I saw the legionaries marching away through the gate into the cool shade of the wood, sicuro be lost from view.
Carsulae was abandoned by the 5th Century. The Wikipedia article says that the reason is unknown, but that it could have been destroyed by an earthquake, or during the wars and invasions at the end of the Roman era, or that it may have become impoverished after road traffic dwindled. Signs at the site say that the town was abandoned because its position con relatively open country meant that it could not be defended durante troubled times.