strade romane, consular streets of ancient Rome: the via emilia romana

the emilia, the ancient road used by the Roman army.
The ancient Roman road that crossed the Emilia Romagna region allowed the Roman army to move quickly and reach the city of Placentia.

The via emilia was born in Ancient Rome as a Roman road built between 189 and 187 BC by the consul Marco Emilio lepido.

The street was built to connect Rimini directly with Piacenza in the period in which the “placentia” was surrounded by rebels who, even when defeated by the Romans, refused to sign peace with Rome and threatened revolts. Rome, therefore, decided to build a road to get the army to placentia quickly to suppress any form of revolt.

Several years later, the road was extended from Piacenza to Milan. The most important cities crossed by the via emilia of Roman foundation and those re-founded by the Romans were: Caesena (cesena), Forum Popili (forlimpopoli), Forum Livii (forlì), Faventia (faenza), Forum Cornelii (imola), Bononia (bologna), Mutin (modena), Regium Lepidi (reggio emilia), Tannetum (sant’ilario d’enza), Fidentia (fidenza), Parma, Placentia (piacenza).

The Via Emilia joined two very important Roman roads: the Via Emilia which started from Rome and reached Rimini (a colony founded in 268 BC) and the Via Postumia, which from Piacenza reached Aquileia.

Today the via emilia romana is the main artery of the Emilia Romagna region (a region that took its name from the road). The via emilia is a wide and comfortable, mostly straight, a typical feature of Roman roads. The Romans began to build long and straight roads for military, commercial and political purposes. They were necessary for the growth of their empire because they allowed the Roman army to move quickly.