Helvia Ricina

Helvia Ricina, Macerata

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At the junction of Potenza river and of the "Salaria Gallica" Roman road
Apr 2016 • Friends
This archaeological site isn't open following a pre-defined schedule: to know when it is open, you have to apply from time to time at the Macerata Tourist Information, or to browse its website.
It's just at this website that we learned on April 25 (which in Italy is a public holiday, because on that day in 1945, with the surrender of the German troops, the WW II ended) there would have been an extraordinary opening (resevation by phone required) in different times of the morning and afternoon.
The entrance to the site is free, so it's advisable to pay 2 Euros each, provided for the short guided tour, by staff specially arrived from Macerata.
The archaeological site consists essentially in the ruins of the Roman theater (II century), which was impressive, with three rows of bleachers (there was however no amphitheater).
Our guide explained the importance of the ancient city, at the junction of two routes: the Potenza river (at that time navigable, because a lot more forested basin area than today) and "Salaria Gallica" road, which ran through the interior of the region between the current cities of Fossombrone (north) and Ascoli Piceno (south).
Another news given by the guide il significant: in XVth century, the statutes of Macerata expressly authorize the inhabitants to plunder the ruined city for their construction needs. The fact is impressive, because in those years yet Pius II, the "humanist pope" , the founder of Pienza, gives off the first edicts (though not attended) aimed to ancient Rome's ruins protection.
Overall, it's an interesting visit, appropriate to do if you have this possibility.
Written 27 April 2016
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