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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.
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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
recently... http://preview.tinyurl.com/37rw4ru

For more details see the excellent Ostia Antica website
.. http://www.ostia-antica.org/portus/portus.htm

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

Pictures.. http://www.flickr.com/photos/portusproject/
And the project website.. http://www.portusproject.org/

For visit details - but do be sure to telephone and confirm all the arrangements beforehand -
see... http://www.060608.it/en/cultura-e-svago/beni-culturali/beni-archeologici/area-archeologica-del-porto-di-traiano.html

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