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The groove or step Furlo is a gorge located along the original route of the Via Flaminia, the stretch along the river where this Candigliano tributary of the Metaurus in the province of Pesaro-Urbino in the town of Fermoy.
The gorge was formed between the upstream Pietralatra (889 m) and Mount Paganuccio (976 m), due to the erosive force of the river Candigliano; over the millennia has reached a considerable depth, but this is now no longer visible because of the dam, built in 1922, which reduced the rushing stream in a placid lake.
The Furlo Gorge has a remarkable engineering works of antiquity road, designed to overcome this rough stretch. In support of the tunnel smaller, probably constructed by exploiting a natural transition or a cave, were later set against imposing constructions in squared blocks, with tapered buttresses that reach a height of about 60 meters. Vespasian in 76 AD, as noted by the famous inscription, did open the gallery increased, opera, for those times truly gigantic; all the downstream side also came equipped with a continuous series of retaining walls, now lapped by the waters of the artificial lake. The original level of the roadway is exactly identifiable exit of the tunnel, two hundred meters towards Fano, in a thin tooth preserved in the rock wall.
The tunnel, dug at the narrowest point of the gorge, it was called "petra pertusa" or "forulum" (small hole), from which "Furlo"; next to it is an earlier passage of Etruscan, 8 m long, 4.45 m wide 3.30 me up, and a small church, called the barrel, once inhabited by a hermit.
Above the entrance north-east is still visible the inscription: IMP (erator) CAESAR AUG (Ustus) - Vespasianus PONT (ifex) MAX (imus) - TRIB (unicia) POT (summer) VII IMP (erator) XVII P (ater) P (atriae) CO (n) S (ul) VIII - CENSOR FACIUND (um) CURAVIT (the last auction VIII is probably an addition), which establishes the fulfillment of the work between 76 and 77 AD The tunnel is 38.30 m long, 5.47 m wide at the maximum, 5.95 m high; is all dug in compact limestone by chisel, of which you can see the chisel cuts, and is without coating.
Since the eighties of the twentieth century the Furlo is crossed by the highway, with two new 3391 m long tunnels well, and this has allowed us to free up traffic fast the old roadway, returning the throat to the delight of his admirers.

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  • Copyright: Silvio Sorcini (Silvio1953) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16829 W: 130 N: 34781] (192929)
  • Genre: Luoghi
  • Medium: Colore
  • Date Taken: 2014-10-12
  • Categories: Architettura
  • Esposizione: f/11, 1/125 secondi
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  • Versione Foto: Versione Originale
  • Date Submitted: 2014-10-13 8:33
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