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Ancient Ostia

Rome is beautiful, so beautiful that, I swear, nothing else seems to me to compare with it. In short, to tell you my thinking on Rome, it is not only the most beautiful city in the world, but it also is without a possibility of comparison with any other.

Charles de Brosses


The name Ostia comes from the Latin word Ostium, meaning “mouth of the river”. It was here, in fact, that the River Tiber once ended its journey before flowing into the Tyrrhenian Sea. But a flood in 1575 changed the Tiber’s course, shifting its mouth northwards by about 2 km (1.2 miles). According to history, the foundation of the town dates back to the fourth king of Rome, the Sabine Ancus Marcius, who decided to establish the very first Roman colony here and the first river port in Italy.
In contrast with the Roman forums, in Ostia the ancient town – “Ostia Antica”, today’s archaeological site - was protected by its distance from the city of Rome, which in any case made the site inconvenient for use as a marble “quarry”. This in part protected some beautiful things that can still be admired today, like the splendid mosaics of the Baths, the Theatre, and the marvellous Square of the Corporations (Piazzale delle Corporazioni).


The archaeological site is still in the municipality of Rome but is slightly outside the city itself, i.e. more towards the sea. This visit can therefore be linked to the visit to Hadrian’s Villa or Villa d’Este in Tivoli.
You should also remember that, like Villa d’Este, Ostia Antica closes on Monday for the weekly day of rest. It is open from 8.30 a.m. until sunset.

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