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.
Lower reaches of the Tevere
The view when flying up the coast from Naples
Portus - the entrance way
Once or twice a month local volunteers act as guides to lead small
groups of visitors round the site - which is otherwise rarely open.
Warehouse roof supports
In a quite remarkable state of preservation!
Where they stored the dole
Once Trajan's port came into operation it was no longer necessary for the vast
quantities of grain - shipped from Africa and Sicily to feed Rome's citizens -
to be landed at Putteoli (the modern town Pozzuoli, near Naples in Campania)
and carted some one hundred miles northwards along the Empires precious roads.
Fiumicino - ruined warehouses
One view of how the site may have been laid out
Unfortunately, the hexagonal harbour remains in private hands,
and the public aren't allowed any more than a distant glimpse!
Reconstruction of the port
Image from the archives of the VRoma Project, to whom my thanks!
Port of Trajan
Not the easiest of places to find!
From Google's Streetmap facility - the entrance to the 'Port of Trajan'
archaeological site, which is almost immediately under the autostrada
that leads out from the city to Rome's Fiumicino airport.