Arco di Malborghetto: A Roman Microadventure

When you’re tired of the crush of Rome, the monument overload, the lack of fresh air and green pastures, I have an idea. A microadventure you can bet your friends haven’t even thought of.

Malborghetto, north of Rome along the Via Flaminia, is a very interesting place. What is it? It’s a Roman arch, one of Constantine’s, and it stands at the crossroads of the Flaminia and the Via Veientana, 19.2 km from central Rome along the Flaminia.

The arch marks the place Constantine pitched his camp the night before the battle at which Constantine would beat his rival Maxentius at the Milvian Bridge in the year 312 AD.

Here it is today. In a big casale which appears medieval, there is the skeleton of the arch dated to the first half of the 4th century.

arco di malborghetto pictureArco di Malborghetto: You can see the underlying Arch of Constantine within the building

How’s that for continuous use of a structure?

Inside is a small museum. Since the word “malborghetto” would indicate a bad place, there’s a certain quality to the big house you can’t put a finger on. Even the exhibitions inside can make the hair on the back of your neck stand up.

Inside Malborghetto: An odd exhibition that befits the name "Malborghetto"

Outside you see the remains of the monuments found along the old Flaminia.

malborghetto pictureThe Roman Road

The structure has undergone many changes of ownership over the years, which you’ll learn about when you visit.


(“Microadventure” is a term coined by Alastair Humphreys, who defines the concept in “A Year of Microadventure, “An adventure that is close to home, cheap, simple, short, and yet very effective.” I am expanding the concept to include the idea of “home” to be wherever you are on vacation. A vacation is seldom a continuous narative that flows, but a series of memorable microadventures embedded within a difficult journey.)

Unique: Forth century arch transformed into a large house and inn, still standing!
Region: Lazio Map
Days: 1 (day trip from Rome)
: No train station.
North of Rome and the Via Flaminia
Parking: Free parking
Recommended Place to Stay: Flavor of Italy B&B Countryside living in Riano, not far from Malborghetto and an easy journey to the historic center of rome.
How to get to Malborghetto from Rome (Flaminio Station in Piazza del Popolo): Mapped Route

Arco di Malborghetto: A Roman Microadventure originally appeared on Mar 31, 2015, © James Martin.

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