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Very wealthy Romans might have moved around in a Roman Litter, which would have been carried by slaves. [See picture below].

Most Romans however, would have travelled by foot.

Horses were used by the government and the military and Roman Roads had rest stops every ten or twelve miles where messengers could refresh and change horses.

Wagons pulled by mules were used to transport goods from the countryside along the Roman Roads to the cities.

Travelling in Italy was quite common for wealthier Roman Families as they might own a home in the town and another home in the country, so a couple of times a year they would be travelling as a household from one to the other. There were inns along the main roads where people could rest for the night or buy food and drink on their journey.

Barges and ships were used to transport goods, especially wine and oil. This was mostly limited to the summer months.

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Transport in Ancient Rome

Lectica: Sketch of a Roman Litter.

Lectica: Sketch of a Roman Litter
"The litter consists of an ordinary couch, to which four posts carrying an arched canopy and a pair of poles have been added. Above the canopy is a rod running lengthwise, to which curtains were fastened by rings. The occupant could hide himself from view by drawing these curtains across the sides" (p. 251). Carried by slaves, the litter was used in the city more by women. Commonly used in the country and on long journeys by the wealthy of both sexes, luxurious litters became fashionable in the empire.
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