There is very little left of the Maranello of the ancient Romans… except for the Roman Column that still stands on Via Claudia, a symbolic place, belonging to a world that once was. Here is where, until a few centuries ago, municipal messengers would usually read announcements to citizens relevant to the community, the so-called grida – public announcements – containing new rules, proclamations, and important notices.
In the area around Maranello, other finds were discovered, scattered as remains of furnaces, utensils, mosaic floors, vases, and amphorae, proof of the story of the Roman period. The same Via Claudia is a tangible reminder, despite the fact that it has existed since remoter periods. Before the arrival of the Romans, the mountain areas of Modena were occupied by the Ligures Friniates, pushed eastward from their native Liguria by the progressive expansion of the Empire. The Roman legions drove them out between 189 and 179 B.C.
The foothill road was restored, modified, and made accessible again by Claudius the Consul, who gives it its name and, from being a road of passage, tangential to the residential area, soon it became one of the main roads of the modern Maranello.
Storytelling with Intersezioneby