Ostia Antica: Exploring the Ruins of Ancient Rome

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Just thirty minutes outside of Rome, the ancient ruins of Ostia Antica offer a well-preserved glimpse into what life in a bustling commercial seaport was like over 2,000 years ago. The port was abandoned with the fall of Rome and buried in mud, protecting it from decay.

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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