These days, visitors can explore the remnants of apartments, mansions, shops, bars, and baths. The ruins were fascinating, but what I found the most surprising was how freely we were able to wander around. There were hardly any off-limits areas, allowing us to see, touch, and closely explore the grounds. Even more impressive was the fact that we only encountered a handful of other visitors while we were there – a much different experience from touring the crowded Colosseum the day before.
For an easy escape outside of Rome, I highly recommend a day trip to Ostia Antica. We stayed about three hours here but could have easily spent countless more, discovering more details of ancient Roman history.
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