Day Trip to Ostia

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.




7 Replies to “Day Trip to Ostia”

  1. Amazing tour of beautiful architecture, I especially was interested in the door headers, beautifully constructed. You capture the best of lighting, contrasts, textures, what an eye you have, Juliana. Thank you for sharing, bringing interesting to boring, these days of containment…a great field trip for my eyes!

    1. I’m happy to hear you enjoyed the visual journey to Ostia!

  2. Meradeth says: Reply

    Oh my!! Such lovely shots and adore the ruins. Absolutely going on my bucket list!

    1. I’m sure you would really like Ostia.

  3. These beautifully composed photos provide a stunning comprehensive collection of the remaining wonders of Ostia. I was especially drawn to the mosaics, artwork, and architectural details. The use of such a variety of building materials was very interesting, and I was able to visualize a live performance at the amphitheater. Great work!

    1. Thank you! Ostia is a very special place.

  4. Aunt Gail says: Reply

    Ostia is a very special place indeed and your photographic talents have brought this truly amazing place to life. I can only imagine what it must have been like in person. All the ruins and artifacts surrounded by beautiful greenery look so peaceful and serene, truly a piece of heaven on earth.

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