Ostia Antica

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     Ostia Antica is the ancient port city of Rome and dates from the 5th century BC. It became a commercial harbor in the 2nd century BC. In the 2nd century AD, it was rebuilt providing shops for travelers and business men making the trading voyages and work to improve the harbor conditions was begun in order to make Ostia a main Roman port. From the 11th century AD to the 18th century, the ruins were robbed on their marble and statues which were re-purposed. IN the early 20th century, excavations were begun on a systematic basis.

 Today Ostia Antica is a pleasant day trip from Rome and provides a glimpse into the early life of the people of the area.

    

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