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via dei balestrari


Published on:  2018-03-14 20:06:00

  Streets of Rome

Via dei Balestrari is named after the manufacturers and sellers of crossbows, constituting the « Felix Societas » of crossbows. The « via Balistariorum » was already mentioned in the fifteenth century and was a road of great importance as was the crossbow industry. Ceased the use of crossbows, in the street took room the arquebusiers but the way did not change name. A curiosity: the term « musket », used initially to indicate the short arquebus, derives precisely from the « Moschette », or the small arrows used for crossbows.

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