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Peter Bardwell | profile | all galleries >> .. other Italian places >> Rome, and Lazio >> Ostia Antica & Bracciano tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

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Ostia Antica & Bracciano

Two places that make a pleasant change from the centre of Rome - both of them easily visited by train as day trips...
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Ostia Antica:

Enjoyable for the medieval borgo, adjacent to the Papal castle, and also the extensive remains of the port city that
once supplied ancient Rome - whilst not a patch on Pompeii and sites around Vesuvius, those are still worth a look!

For more details, see.... http://www.ostia-antica.org/touristguide.pdf

And for photos of the nearby ruins of Portus, a contemporary town constructed around Trajan's hexagonal harbour after
the one at Ostia had begun to silt up, see __ http://www.pbase.com/isolaverde/portus
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Bracciano:

Go for the Castello Orsini-Odescalchi - where Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes married - and, on the shores of the volcanic
crater lake at Vigna di Valle, a fine museum with racing seaplanes that competed for the Schneider Trophy and other
unusual aircraft. For details ___ http://www.aeronautica.difesa.it/museo_storico_eng/Pagine/default.aspx

Otherwise the local tourist board website is on ___ http://www.turismobracciano.com/

Click the individual images for larger versions, lots of them with a few notes and comments!
t4%2f85%2f449985%2f4%2f134096188.iKGiZd36.jpg Bracciano - and the Castello Orsini-Odescalchi
Bracciano - and the Castello Orsini-Odescalchi
Medieval streets
Medieval streets
Bracciano - the Castello
Bracciano - the Castello
The view across the lake
The view across the lake
Record-breaking Macchi M.C. 72 seaplane
Record-breaking Macchi M.C. 72 seaplane
The unusual Caproni Campini N.1
The unusual Caproni Campini N.1
Balbo's Italian Air Armada
Balbo's Italian Air Armada
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t4%2f85%2f449985%2f4%2f139374025.STIx1Pv8.jpg Ostia Antica - photos of the site
:: Ostia Antica - photos of the site ::
A quick history lesson
A quick history lesson
Ostia Antica's castle
Ostia Antica's castle
t1%2f85%2f449985%2f4%2f126688226.PXjNse1J.jpg The castle entrance
The castle entrance
Piazza della Rocca
Piazza della Rocca
Where are you now?
Where are you now?
t1%2f85%2f449985%2f4%2f126688227.BB0sXpeQ.jpg Marriage central !
Marriage central !
Piazza della Rocca
Piazza della Rocca
Ostia Lido - June 1999
Ostia Lido - June 1999