Ignoring the news, which is always awful, I’ve been watching a video of a placid cycle ride along the Via Appia in Italy.
The road is surprisingly narrow. It’s not much wider than an English country lane. Roman legionaries marching along it would have only been three or four abreast.
In the video there are very few cars on the road, with people walking or cycling along it in bright sunshine. There are a few horses as well.
Along the sides there are numerous tombs and ruins. Much of the road is still made up of the original irregular basalt rocks from which it was constructed circa 300 BC.