Justin Bradshaw and I share an appreciation of ruins, ancient and medieval. My passion is walking to them; his is drawing them. The territory of the Via Amerina has plenty to keep us both busy.
I’m exploring this extraordinary landscape and preparing a new walking trip – an expansion/reworking of my Treja Basin trip. There will be an opportunity to meet Justin and see his work. A lesson or two might even be arranged. Stay tuned!
London-born Justin Bradshaw studied at City and East London Art College. He moved to Rome in 1995. Since 2004 he has lived in Civita Castellana, one-time capital of the ancient Faliscan people. His work includes oil on copper and wood, watercolors, and pen and ink drawings. Recently he has begun drawing with a goose-quill pen and homemade oak-gall ink: a technique developed in the Middle Ages. His work has been exhibited extensively in Rome, Lazio and internationally.
In the 3rd century BC, the Romans conquered the Faliscan people to their north and built the Via Amerina through the rugged volcanic landscape. Earlier roads had been tortuous, steep and muddy, built for donkeys and small carts. In contrast the Roman road was straight, wide and paved. Canyons were bridged with barely a thought. Much of the road remains today.
The territory holds surprises: deep gorges, lush streams and waterfalls, towns on high promontories, Roman bridges, tombs of Faliscans and Romans, medieval castles and watch towers, beautiful old churches and monasteries. The best way to experience it is on foot.