Ostia was the first Roman colony, and the largest town in the empire after Rome.
It is located 74 km from Civitavecchia and is easily accessible by train or an hour's drive from our apartment.
Ostia was also the river port of ancient Rome; lying on the estuary of the river Tiber, the village had a very important role for trade to and from the capital.
The harbour became very important in the second century BC, and the city grew to 50,000 inhabitants.
Walking among these picturesque ruins you can understand the splendor of the ancient empire, and especially in spring it is the perfect place for a family walk surrounded by lush vegetation.
Once you enter the main street, you can take other smaller streets that will take you to squares and districts of the ancient city of Ostia; you will see buildings, stores, spas, bathrooms that still preserves splendid mosaics. Do not miss the theater, dating from the 2nd century A.D. and still perfectly fit for use; it can accommodate 2700 spectators!
Inside the archaeological area there are also a museum, a café and a bookshop.