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"I visited Rome in the summer..." Outside Rome Tip by kat1400

Outside Rome, Rome: 133 reviews and 186 photos


I visited Rome in the summer of 2000, I don't have any pictures online from that particular trip.

During that first trip to Rome we visted Ostia Antica, we weren't even planning to go, I had seen a small mention of it in a magazine and thought it would be interesting to check out. It turned out to be one of the highlights of the trip!


This picture is of one of my favorite places in the world!..its in Italy, about an hour from Rome, it was so unbelievable to be able to explore this ancient city entirely your own! Here's a description:
IN REPUBLICAN TIMES Ostia Was Rome's main commercial port and a military base defending the coastline and the mouth of the Tiber. The port continued to flourish under the Empire, despite the development of Portus, a new port slightly to the northwest, in the 2nd century AD. Ostia's decline began in the 4th century, when a reduction in trade was followed by the gradual silting up of the harbour. Worse was to come when malaria became endemic in the area and the city, whose population is reckoned to have been nearly 100,000 at its peak, was totally abandoned.Buried for centuries by sand, the city is remarkably well preserved. The site is less spectacular than Pompei or Herculaneum because Ostia died a gradual death, but it gives a more complete picture of life under the Roman Empire. People of all social classes and from all over the Mediterranean lived and worked here.Visitors can understand the layout of Ostia's streets almost at a glance. The main road through the town, the Decumanus Maximus, would have been filled with hurrying slaves and citizens, avoiding the jostling carriages and carts, while tradesmen pursued their business under the porticoes lining the street.The floor plans of the public buildings along the road are very clear. Many were bath houses, such as the Baths of the Cisiarii (carters) and the grander Baths of Neptune, named after their fine black-and-white floor mosaics. Beside the restored theatre, three large masks, originally part of the decoration of the stage, have been mounted on large blocks of tufa. Beneath the great brick arches that supported the semicircular tiers of seats were taverns and shops.
Located at the mouth of the Tiber, Ostia was Rome's port. Although originally founded long before the Imperial Age, what we see today is for the most part the result of Emperor Hadrian's town-planning policies. He had the old centre of the town transformed, and had whole new districts built surrounding the two harbors : the one built by Claudius to the right of the Tiber, and the hexagonal one commissioned by Trajan further upstream. A tour of Ostia will be fascinating not only be­cause of its temples, the Theatre, the Museum and so on, but also because it gives the visitor the opportunity of understanding more about everyday life in ancient Rome, the way the houses were arranged, and the shops along the streets, the taverns and the laundries. All simple elements of daily life that tell us a great deal. The splendid umbrella pines that grow around the ruins, and a Very special light created by the gentle sea breeze, all contribute to the charm of this place.

Site is 25 km (16 miles) southwest of Rome. Excavations open winter: 9am-4.30pm daily;summer: 9am-6pm daily.
Ostia Antica-
Viale dei Romagnoli, 717
00119 Ostia Antica - Roma
Tel: 0656358099

(I didn't take any of the following Ostia Antica pictures)

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  • Written Aug 25, 2002
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