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.
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