I knew if I ever returned to Rome, I wanted to visit Ostia Antica. Four years after my first visit, I was on a small train to Ostia. Ostia is a huge archeological site about 20 km southwest of Rome and is known for it’s beautiful frescoes, mosaics and the general amazing preservation of the ancient buildings. Ostia was once a bustling harbor city at the mouth of the River Tiber and Rome’s seaport. Today it is still possible to see where fresh fish was cleaned and sold.
After the hustle and bustle of Rome, it was wonderful to spend a day out in the fresh air with almost no tourists around us. Ostia covers a huge area and even though we spent the whole day there, we didn’t see everything. There was this special atmosphere while walking through the old buildings and down old streets. It wouldn’t have surprised me in the least if a Roman in a toga walked through a doorway or if I suddenly heard the clomping of a horse pulling a wagon.