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Portus - the inland harbour of Ostia Antica

Near the ruins of the abandoned town of Ostia Antica - and only the shortest of distances from
Rome's main Fiumicino airport - it's occasionally possible to visit what remains of the unusual
hexagonal harbour at Portus, which some are lucky enough to glimpse from the plane.
If you weren't, take a look in GoogleMaps, and search for.... "lago di traiano"

It's thought that this area - developed successively by the emperors Claudius and Trajan -
was linked to Ostia by an immense canal, traces of which archaeologists have unearthed

For more details see the excellent Ostia Antica website

.... or, perhaps best of all, these from the 'Portus Project' archaeologists themselves...

And the project website..

For visit details - but do be sure to telephone and confirm all the arrangements beforehand -

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