The ancient via Vandelli was built in the mid-18th century to connect Modena to Massa.
In fact in 1741 the Duke of Modena and Reggio Francesco III d'Este combined the marriage between his son Ercole and Maria Teresa Cybo-Malaspina heir of the Duchy of Massa, effectively unifying the two kingdoms. The need arose to build a new communication route to connect Modena with the new outlet to the Tyrrhenian Sea.
The task was then given to Abbot Domenico Vandelli, geographer, engineer and mathematician.
The most surprising stretch of the ancient road is undoubtedly the ascent and pass of Monte Tambura. The sections we have reached are in a good state of conservation (the CAI path 35 largely follows the ancient route) testify to the modernity of the engineering solutions adopted by Domenico Vandelli.
August 16, 2020
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