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

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