OSTIA AND THE SEA
Not only the amazing ruins of the harbour of ancient Rome, but also the castle of a Pope, the seaside at hand, the natural oasis of Portus, a modern Spa… the area of Ostia is all that, and it’ only 40 minutes away form the chaotic centre of Rome.
This ancient roman city was the main harbour of Rome and the remains are still impressive. Unlike other similar sites – notably the towns preserved by the Vesuvius eruption – there are not many frescoes here, but there are amazing structures comprised of the residential blocks of flats (called insulae) and many horrea i.e. the warehouses where they stored everything coming from the Mediterranean ports and addressed to Rome (from food to granite columns). In an surreal stillness, you can appreciate the combination of nature and ruins: a magnificent theatre, temples and shrines, public baths, the ancient eateries and shops, residences. They can all be explored at ease. This is probably the best place near Rome to help children and teens understand everyday life in the ancient world.