The frequentation of the church Il Compito increased during the Roman republican era and became quite important. During that period the area belonged to the centuria (territory) of Rimini and Cesena. The same roads of that era are still visible from the Compito, though they have been partly destroyed by the floods of the Rubicone river. During the years the river has changed its course in the valley, but it has maintained the same one in the mountains. From there you can still see the Augusto bridge.
The division in centurias of that area started in the 3rd century B.C., after the foundation of Ariminum (Rimini) and before the foundation of “Via Emilia” road, which became the new axis of the centurias. In the area of Savignano, the Via Emilia road has many bends following the ancient division in centurias: some streets like Via Pulida are part of the ancient division of the territory. The area of the Compito was on the borderline between the Roman and the Gallic territory (although nowadays almost nothing reminds us of the Gallic culture).
Only a small head head with Celtic decoration which dates back to the Roman age witnesses the ancient presence of the Gallic population in that area.
According to its antiquities, the Compito was a very important town in the Roman age. It developed across two very important roads; it was a halting place for travellers, with inns, houses, public buildings and a necropolis (cemetery).
In the Roman age the population was distributed in rural houses near necropolis and crossroads. The most important tombs were to be built along Via Emilia, in order to become monuments in the street line between the Compito and the Roman bridge. The less important ones were instead built inland.
The museum houses all the objects collected during the years and highlights the role of the town in the Roman era.
|The roman bridge|