About 500 metres, as the crow flies, from the western end of our property, beside the river Pesa, but easily accessed via a track leading off the 222 (Chiantigiana road) on the way to Castellina and Piazza, lies a little-known archaeological treat. In his interesting book , Chianti: the Land, the People and the Wine, Raymond Flower called it a Roman bridge and we are inclined to do likewise, although we have little scientific evidence to back us up.
The Romans inhabited the area, established settlements at Panzano and Castellina and in between, so it is legitimate to imagine that they might have fashioned a sturdy bridge over the unpredictable, ephemeral Pesa to carry goods, soldiers and arms.
It is difficult to appreciate the size of the bridge from these photos, but it must have been at least three metres across. Only three sizeable columns and one arch remain. The central part of the bridge may well have been built of wood.
If any readers of this blog are familiar with Roman bridge-building techniques, maybe they could leave a comment?