Hello everyone, we are in Rome, in Italy! Our flight was delayed but we got here safely. We were also able to follow our itinerary and visit what was planned for today – Ostia Antica.
Ostia Antica. Located 25km from Rome, this ancient Roman city was a busy working port until AD 42 and the ruins are substantial and extremely well preserved.
Founded in the 4th century BC, Ostia (named for the mouth or ostium of the Tiber) became a great port and later a strategic centre for defence and trade with a population of 50,000, of whom 17,000 were slaves mostly from Turkey, Egypt, and the Middle East.
In the 5th century AD barbarian invasions and the outbreak of malaria led to its abandonment followed by its slow burial in river silt, that’s why it survived. Pope Gregory IV reestablished the town in the 9th century.
Source: Discover Rome. Experience the best of Rome. Lonely Planet. Written and researched by Abigail Blasi and Duncan Garwood.