Ostia Antica is now an archaeological site which once served as the harbour city of Rome. The town which was once buried for ten centuries is now located 25 kilometres southwest of Rome. The word Ostia or ‘os’ is a latin word for mouth, hence the name of the town since it was at the mouth of the river Tiber. However, it is now situated 3 kilometres away from the sea as a result of siltification. It was one of the most important cities in ancient Rome since it acted as a harbour point for Rome as the city did not have any of its own. However after the fall of the empire, people eventually started leaving the city and it has remained abandoned for centuries.
Many features of the centuries old city still remains for the public to see now. The main arterial street which used to be the most crowded is still there now with houses, shops and restaurants on its sides that were once bustling with traders. There are public latrines, public baths, open air theatres, churches and temples of very unique and ancient designs. These designs give us insight of how the people lived during those times.
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