Travels in Italy: Lazio – Ostica Antica, an ancient Roman harbor (June 2, 2015)

Ostica Antica

Ostica Antica

Ostica Antica was Rome’s main harbor for more than 600 years until commercial competition brought the city into decline. The city was well preserved by silt. As far as the eye can see, the main street was the Decumanus Maximus and the ruins of the buildings were those of multi-story apartments complete with shops, baths, and bars on the ground floor. It was undoubtedly very cosmopolitan for its time.

Tile pattern in Ostica Antica

Tile pattern in Ostica Antica

Ostica Antica ruins

Ostica Antica ruins

Amphitheater in Ostica Antica

Amphitheater in Ostica Antica

The ruins also house a large temple and an amphitheater.

Ampitheater

Overall, I felt the ruins were more fascinating than those of Pompeii. There was certainly more to see. At Pompeii, one was restricted to the areas that the attraction allowed.

Ruins of Ostica Antica

Ruins of Ostica Antica

The museum displayed various sculptures found during the excavation.

A statue of a loving couple

A statue of a loving couple

Tip: Ostia Antica is reachable via train from Rome. A metro ticket will suffice. The entire train ride lasts for about 30 minutes one-way. The fare may be subject to change.

References

Machiavelli, F., Martin, S., Townsend, H., & Tyrrell, N. (Eds.). (2014). Italy. New York, NY: DK Eyewitness Travel.

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