12 October 2008
As you drive along the two lane roads of Italy you will see buildings, many that look like houses, along side the road that are painted a dark red. Most of these are in varying states of disrepair. These are the Casa Cantoniera which were built at regular intervals along the roadways to house caretakers for the highways. They will have the number of the road and the kilometer marker on the side and big letters “Casa Cantoniera”. There was also a similar system developed for the Italian railroad.
I have seen at least one of these in the hills of Marche that has obviously been restored and is occupied; it even has a flower garden outside.