the roman roads

Living in an area where the Roman presence was strong in the past and where even today we stumble on many new vestiges of their presence appearing everywhere, the idea of creating an itinerary able to seduce people to explore further has been lingering in my mind for some time. Well, it’s happening now.

Sanctuary and Aqueduct
The itinerary I conceived includes a visit to a coastal sanctuary devoted to the Sun and Moon. The visit also allows to explore a stretch of a Roman Road and the landscape around it, together with a Roman bridge, located at the small village of Catribana, in São João das Lampas parish, in the Sintra region. This is a small road, part of a web of small roads linking the multiple villages and villas of the Olisipo (Lisbon) region. We will also have time to explore a Museum, where it is possible to see some of the stones, artifacts and a medieval graveyard. If time allows, we will also visit the remaining structure of an old roman aqueduct.

The Veins of the Roman Empire
Roman roads played an important part on the expansion of the Roman Empire. It was through them that armies were moved to places distant from Rome, but

they were also used by civilians, merchants, peasants, anyone needing to travel between cities and villages in a fast and safe way. The Roman roads across the Empire comprised more than 400,000 km of different types of roads, and many of them laid the foundations of modern roads, a clear demonstration of the accurate survey work done to create each itinerary.

Photographically, this tour offers both great landscapes and the possibility to document History. It’s a mix I always try to introduce in the itineraries I create. I call this Roman Routes: Discovering History Through Photography. If the theme interests you, it is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to travelling to the past.

Where: Sintra area (Portugal)
When: by arrangement
Cost: €70/person
Group Size: 3
Highlights: A journey through the signs of Roman presence in the Iberian corner of Europe, covering multiple aspects of that presence: artifacts, architecture, communications, History.
Registration: To register, or if you have any questions, please send email to info[at]joseantunes[dot]com.