Sigeric the Serious: Via Francigena, Bacane, Circa 990 AD

Iste sunt submansiones de Roma usque ad mare:

… ; III, Bacane; …

Bacane, cited in the Tabula Peutingeriana with the name ad vacanas, and the remains of the ancient Via Cassia, were rediscovered by an archaeological team in the Valle del Baccano in 1979. The Mansio ad Vacanas was built in the first century BC by the romans, and was a place where travelers found hospitality and comfort provided by thermal baths, tabernae, warehouses, and places of shelter for animals and people.

By the time Sigeric travelled to and from Rome, ad vacanas may have had lost its roman prestige. But a good way to imagine what this stop may have looked like is to enjoy the amenities provided by the Hotel-Restaurant Il Postiglione, located on the old via Cassia in Campagnano di Roma.

Worth noting, Bacane was also called Burgus Sancti Alexandri in the 10th century, a settlement under the juridistion of the Pope, and named after Alexander, a martyr venerated since the third century AD.

Today, Pilgrims avoid taking Via Cassia, which has become a noisy highway for the most part. They favor instead a more bucolic route that follows the edge of the Parco Regionale di Veio, crosses the town of Campagnano di Roma, passes near Monte Razzano (1414ft), and through the Valle del Sorbo.

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Map of the Campagna Romana, 1547, showing the now dried out Lago di Baccano and the small post of Bacane on Via Cassia.

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