8th Station

THE BARBARIAN INVASIONS AND THE DOMINATION OF THE LONGOBARDS (568 - 774 AD)

The period of Roman domination is followed, as from 568 AD, by the invasion of the north peoples, that begins a regressive phase during which people took place the return to the first paganism, the abandonment of the normative system introduced by the Romans, the cut of businesses and dealings, the abandonment of iron and steel industries in favour of hunting and breeding.
The subsequent accession of the Longobards did not change much the situation.
These ones imposed a social structure based on the division into clans and family groups (called “fare”), of which the dukes were the heads, figures who exercised the military and civil authority in the territory representing the power of the new rulers.
Only the greater political stability that was achieved about the end of the Longobard domination period helped the economic recovery.
Profiles of cavalrymen on horseback placed along the riverside of the Vaso Re (the R Duct) recall, with their incessant race, the invasions of barbarian hordes that devastated these territories.