Not far from the centre of Rome, Ostia is a residential area.
It’s the capital’s beach and a well-known “tourist port”, with moorings for boats from 8-60 metres (26-197 ft) in length.
It also contains many Roman ruins, dating back to the days when Ostia served as Rome’s port (a function now taken over by Civitavecchia).
Ostia Antica is one of Lazio’s major attractions, less crowded and, for some, more enjoyable than the ruins of Pompeii.
So if you can’t make it down to Pompeii, don’t worry: just head out to Ostia antica.
Originally a colony of Rome, Ostia grew to become the major port of the city, on the mouth of the Tiber river.
The town’s growth started in the late Republic, but expanded rapidly under the Emperors Claudius and Trajan.
The town was deserted after Rome’s fall in 476 AD, and the buildings fell into ruins. They were in turn covered by sand and mud from the Tiber, preserving them.
The ancient town remained farmland until excavations in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Now most of the old town is uncovered, giving the visitor an idea of what life was like in an Ancient Roman commercial town, during the height of the Empire.
The ruins are similar to those in Pompeii, but there are no wealthy houses in Ostia.
Impressive sights include the Roman theatre (there are plays put on here in the summer), the Forum, a large baths complex and the Mithraeum.
Many of the buildings are preserved up to the second storey, giving a powerful sense of the past.
Contemporary Ostia is a very lively place.
Especially in Summer, there’s a Carnival atmosphere, with dance halls, cinemas, and pizzerias.
The Lido is set off best at Castelporziano, against a backdrop of pinewoods which provide the summer residence of the President of Italian Republic.
This stretch of shoreline is referred to as the Roman Riviera.
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