Bridge, Via Appia, Latina Province, Italy

2016-11-24T15:17:12Z (GMT) by Robert G. Harland
This section of the Via Appia (Appian Way) in Latina Province is part of the strategically important road that connected Rome with Brindisi in the South East. This photograph features the bridge crossing canale Acque Alte, or 'Canale Mussolini', which displays emblems of the Papacy, Rome, House of Savoy and fascism, as well as a full (weathered) inscription on the roadside facing west, and an erased (covered) inscription on the roadside facing east.

The east side inscription reads:
M.CORNELIO CETHEGO CONSVLI
THEODORICO ITALIAE REGI
SVMMISQVE ROMANIS PONTIFICIBVS
LEON X. SISTO V. PIO VI
OB CONATVS OPTIMOS ET PRAECLAROS
BENE MERENTIBVS

The west side inscription (now completely covered and unavailable) read:
REGNANDO VITTORIO EMANVELE III
PER VOLONTA DI BENITO MVSSOLINI
ED OPERA DEL
CONSORZIO DELLA BONIFICA DI PISCINARA
PRESIDENTE NATALE PRAMPOLINI
NELL 'ANNO IX DELL ERA FASCISTA
FVRONO DEVIATE A MARE LE ACQVE TORRRENZIALI
CHE GHI INFESTAVANO L'AGRO PONTINO


Inscription source: Consorzio di Bonfica dell'Agro Pontino, Archivio Fotografico Fondo Giovanni Bartolotti