Just 15 miles southwest of Rome, a stone’s throw from the clear blue waters of the Tyrrenhian sea, slumbers one of the best-preserved of ancient Roman towns.Though on par with Herculanum and Pompeii in terms of archaeological significance, Ostia Antica is often overlooked by foreign tourists.Serenity prevails in this splendid archaeological jewel. Full of Pine trees, overgrown with grass but mostly devoid of tourists this peaceful haven seems worlds away from the frantic day-to-day life of downtown Rome.MY FIST VISITOn my first visit to Ostia Antica in the early 70s with a group of Mormon missionaries, we soon tired of observing the ruins and opted to channel our adolescent energy into an old-fashioned game of hide-and-seek, for which the Ostian ruins were ideally suited.I’ve been back to Ostia Antica several times and each time have enjoyed the experience more. Its a peaceful place where you can wander freely and ponder what life was like in ancient Rome.HISTORYOstia was founded in 623 B.C. where the Tiber pours into the sea as one of the first colonies of ancient Rome by Ancius Marcius (Anco Marzio), the fourth king of Rome. In ancient times the Etruscans, called “Tyrrhennians” by the Greeks, settled on… Read full this story
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