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By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com

Via

So, where does your Salary come from?

From the beginning of the Roman Empire to the present day, Via Salaria in Rome is still very active.  The road was named Via Salaria, from the Latin word for “salt”, since it was the route by which the Sabines came to fetch salt from the marshes at the mouth of the Tiber.

Tiber

It ran from Porta Salaria in Rome to Porto d’Ascoli on the Adriatic coast, a distance of 150 miles. The road also passed through Rieti and Ascoli Piceno. It was one of many ancient salt roads in Europe.   Salt was very high in demand and the Salt Trade was quite lucrative. The Roman soldiers guarding the salt, the workers as well as the toll collectors along the way got paid with salt.  Hence their stipend was their salary.

Now we know that a good salary takes you a long way.

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Did you know?

The Mile is Latin for 1,000.

The number of paces it took the average Roman to walk a specified distance.


Rosario Mariani is the owner/CEO of Europe By Choice, which promotes travel to Italy and other select European countries. He has more than 40 years of experience in the travel industry, previously serving as Director of Italy Product for Italiatour and Club ABC Tours, and also in other positions with EuroFly, Alitalia and Air France.

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