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Ostia

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  • Day88

    All over Ostia Antica

    October 25, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    On our last day in Rome, Ricky headed for the ancient harbour town of Ostia Antica, while Jason explored the outer suburbs of Rome, tracking down modern street art. Ostia is only a 30 minute train trip from the city centre of Rome. While not as preserved or as extensive as Pompeii, if you don't have time to make the journey to Pompeii, Ostia is a good substitute to experience what life may have been like in an ancient Roman town. With over 50 hectares of ruins to explore, Ricky was in wonderland, only coming up for air briefly to rehydrate and refuel before returning to his Indiana Jones crusades. The highlights included the local bar and restaurant and public latrines, which were well-preserved. Unfortunately the private residence turned “gay hostel” wasn't taking any visitors. After almost seven hours of exploring the town, it was time to jump back into the time machine (which in this case was a Trenitalia train, or the "genitalia" as we have begun to call it) to return to the northern countryside of Fidene.

    Next stop: Naples
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  • Day42

    Ostia Antica

    September 10, 2016 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    The partially excavated original port of Rome with buildings dating back to 1st century AD. Silting over the years has moved the coastline back hence it's up the river a few km's. Really impressive and hardly anyone there so it felt like we had the place to ourselves!

  • Day352

    Day 353: Ostia Antica

    February 2, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Another day trip today, but this time not a World Heritage one! Crazy, I know! I'd heard good things about the Roman ruins down in Ostia Antica, so we decided to head down and check them out since it seemed like the weather was going to be kind to us.

    Ostia in ancient times was Rome's harbour, though due to silting the Tiber has since moved away. During the decay of the empire it was gradually abandoned and slowly buried under dirt and soil, until it was eventually rediscovered in the 19th century. There's basically a whole town under there, a similar size to Pompeii though nowhere near as well known. And happily for us - nowhere near as touristed either!

    Not in a hurry, we caught the tram, metro, and train to get other there, and didn't arrive until around 11:30. Spent quite a while just wandering around the old streets - some areas are in amazingly good condition. Lots of mosaic floors, frescoed walls, houses, shops, warehouses, baths, a theatre, two large market squares, and of course a Forum with temples and civic buildings.

    Maybe not quite as well preserved as Hadrian's villa, but definitely a fantastic place to visit. The site is enormous, and there couldn't have been more than a hundred people there which was fantastic for us. Grabbed a quick lunch at the on-site cafe, though it was expensive and we both regretted not having an early feed after getting off the train.

    Wandered for another couple of hours until heading back to Rome around 3pm. Decided to make a quick detour to the Colosseum; even though we'd seen it a few days earlier, we wanted to get some photos of Schnitzel with it as well. Nice to keep up his series of photos in front of landmarks that he's entirely unaware of. Considered briefly taking him to St Peters as well, but it started to rain and it was getting dark anyway, so we headed for home.

    Ate in, with ravioli in passata alongside grilled zucchini and tomato. Very tasty! Felt a bit off colour in the evening again, I think I'm coming down with another cold - my second of the trip. Two in a year though, I guess I can live with that!
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  • Day21

    Ostia Antika

    June 20, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Heute sind wir nach der Siesta, es waren etwas mehr als 30°C, mit dem Rad zu den in der Nähe befindlichen Ausgrabungen von Ostia Antika gefahren.
    Ursprünglich als Militärlager zur Verteidigung Roms gegründet, wurde es schnell zur Hafenstadt. Ostia bedeutet Flussmündung.

    Den Tiber haben wir leider nicht gesehen.
    Cleo durfte auch dieses Mal wieder mit rein, aber wir machen immer nicht so grosse Runden, wie wir es ohne Fellnase tun würden.

    Ich bin ja schon froh, dass sie nach der Radtour dahin überhaupt noch gewillt ist, zu laufen. Und dann noch über das holprige antike Pflaster!
    Und später 'zurück' geht's ja dann auch noch!

    Hier in Italien Fahrrad zu fahren ist, ebenso wie als Fussgänger, nicht ganz ohne.
    Zebrastreifen sind hier ein Witz. Die Autos brettern hier ohne auch nur aufzuschauen drüber. Man WARTET am Übergang, ob sich mal jemand bequemt, anzuhalten.
    Ansonsten ist es lebensgefährlich. Mir ging es heute sogar ZWEIMAL so.

    Einmal hätte mich am Zebrastreifen eine Römerin fast erwischt, - sie gestikulierte nur wild, ich solle doch getrost fahren, HaHa!, und dann hätte mich auf dem Campingplatz fast noch ein BMW-SUV mit 5 halbstarken Italienern über den Haufen gefahren. Die bretterten so dermassen über die Kieswege, dass Cleo und ich,- wir fahren immer vorweg und Klas bildet die Nachhut, weil Cleo sonst wie Sau an der Leine zieht, wenn er vorweg fährt (oder noch schlimmer - die Straßenseite wechselt!).
    Ich hatte sie wegen einer Hecke nicht kommen sehen, aber irgendjemand hat mich rechtzeitig anhalten lassen. Danke dafür!
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  • Day5

    Ostia Antica

    March 17, 2015 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 55 °F

    So when we got back from Chiavari we took a short train ride to Ostia Antica. This was a small settlement that dates back to 3rd century BC. The buildings were so well preserved that you could imagine what life would have been like. Some of the street signs were still visible.

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