Picture perfect in a frame. Beautiful Ostia Antica on a lovely day. Ancient Rome's 1st port is no longer a town full of merchants, sailors, and ancient Romans.
It's now a large archaeological site just begging to be explored. While Pompeii is crowded and hard to maneuver about when the tours are in progress, Ostia is uncrowded.
This is one of the blissfully untouristed areas that I wandered about in. The ruins include baths, temples, an amphitheater, shops, tabernae, 3 story buildings, and so much more.
The mosaics and frescoes are Bellissimo!
There is a square of the guilds or Corporations by the amphitheater. The floors of all the shops are done is mosaics. The amazing mosaics depict trade, ships, ports of long ago such as Africa, and sea animals (dolphins.)
Walking beside these mosaic squares is like walking and reading a picture book from the past.
Ostia includes a nice museum with some amazing artifacts.
If you get hungry wandering about all day, there's a great little cafe with very good food.
Care for a souvenir or two? Maybe some books? There's a place for that too! I got some great books on this intriguing place, some Roman coin earrings, and a replica of an oil lamp, just to name a few things.
Ostia is located at the mouth (ostium) of the Tiber River. So, it was a very successful harbor city.
It is not far from Rome and very easy to get to. It's also a nice area to stay in if you prefer.
There is a great website on it: ostia-antica.org
Stay tuned for more posts on it!