From the historical Roman road network to modern infrastructure in Italy
|Title||From the historical Roman road network to modern infrastructure in Italy|
|Publication Type||Working Paper|
|Year of Publication||2021|
|Authors||DeBenedictis, L, Licio, V, Pinna, AM|
|ISBN Number||978 88 68513 603|
|Keywords||italy, Long-term effects of history, Motorways, Provinces, Railways, Roman roads|
An integrated and widespread road system, like the one built during the Roman Empire in Italy, plays an important role today in facilitating the construction of new infrastructure. It first influenced the growth of cities, regardless of the variety of historical paths after the fall of the Roman Empire and before the unification of the country. Through this channel Roman roads have been the main determinant of both motorways and railways in the country. Even the Italian North-South divide can be ascribed, among other factors, to the way the ancient infrastructure had an influence on the modern one.