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Ostia Antica - photos of the site

Ostia Antica was a busy town, some 14 miles from Rome, that developed around the capital's first and
nearest port - only to then fall from importance as its waterways became progressively less accessible
to shipping, due to movements of beach sands and silt deposits along quieter stretches of the Tiber.

To ensure the city's vital food imports, early in the C2nd A.D. Emperor Trajan ordered the construction of
a magnificent hexagonal harbour complex at nearby Portus - which further robbed Ostia of its significance.

There's a small set of pictures from Portus on ___ http://www.pbase.com/isolaverde/portus

Finally abandoned by its inhabitants, who took away with them much of the finest ornamentation, the ruins
were looted for building materials during the C16th and 17th - to then sit undisturbed until the 1920s,
when excavated during the Mussolini government's clearance of the surrounding malaria-ridden marshlands.

Although hardly a match for Pompeii and other Vesuvian sites, for those without more time to spare, the
extensive site is well worth a visit, and easy to reach by road or train from central Rome.

For directions, and a good guide to the archaeological area, try:
__ http://www.ostia-antica.org/touristguide.pdf

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Photos from elsewhere in the Ostia Antica area, and from coastal Ostia Lido, here:
__ http://www.pbase.com/isolaverde/ostia_bracc

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Click on the individual images for a larger version - with many of them with notes and comments.
t4%2f85%2f449985%2f4%2f134096191.UU1cMS3F.jpg The mouth of the Tiber
The mouth of the Tiber
Ostia Antica - the archaeological site
Ostia Antica - the archaeological site
Empire-style tower block
Empire-style tower block
Apartment blocks - Ostia Antica
Apartment blocks - Ostia Antica
Roman taverna
Roman taverna
Mosaic floor
Mosaic floor
Ostia's theatre
Ostia's theatre
Pedestal - Ostia Antica
Pedestal - Ostia Antica
Ostia Antica
Ostia Antica
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Waiting out the rain!