Ostia

Ostia (also known as Ostia Lido) is a popular beach town, around 15 km from the centre of Rome and less than 5 km from Fiumicino Airport. Ostia is a well-known "Tourist Port" with moorings for boats. The town sits on the Tyrrhenian Sea and many Romans spend the summer holidays here. Also nearby is Ostia old town and the famous Ostia Antica, a large archaeological site that was the location of the harbour city of ancient Rome. At the mouth of the River Tiber, Ostia was Rome's seaport, but, due to silting and a drop in sea level, the site now lies 3 kilometres (2 mi) from the sea. The site is noted for the excellent preservation of its ancient buildings, magnificent frescoes and impressive mosaics. It also contains many Roman ruins. Today, much of the old town has been excavated, and visitors are free to wander and explore at will. Impressive sights include the Roman theatre (there are plays put on here in the summer), the Forum, a large baths complex and a few Mithraeum. Many of the buildings are preserved up to the second storey, giving a powerful sense of the past. Ostia offers a great look into Roman history.

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