The Casa dei Racconti is located in the municipality of Ceggia (Ve), just north of the ancient Via Annia, a Roman road that from the 2nd century BC connected the rich city of Aquileia with the southern areas of Veneto. Along the road – so called in honour of the magistrate who started the works, belonging to the gens Annia – the flourishing settlements of Oderzo, Quarto d’Altino and Concordia Sagittaria developed.
The remains of the Roman bridge with three arches, found in these areas just over sixty years ago, are still visible evidence of this work – which, when joined with other roads, was directly inserted for centuries in the crucial artery between Rome and the East, as far as Constantinople.
The first certain references to the town of Ceggia date back to this same period: the name derives in fact from the Latin “cilium maris”, on the edge of the sea. Although the definition evokes picturesque scenarios, in reality the territory remained always marshy and unhealthy, which – with the decline of the Roman Empire and the first barbarian invasions – led to its progressive abandonment. This perilagunar area, between the rivers Piave and Livenza, is in fact located in various points below sea level and the main settlements (such as those mentioned above) were built on emerged lands. It was only after the extensive reclamation carried out in the twentieth century that the area was once again significantly repopulated.