Sunday, May 27, 2012

The Ancient Seaport of Ostia Antica

Last week, I took a short com­muter train ride back 2,500 years to the still­ness of the ancient sea­port of Ostia Anti­ca, a remark­able site that is near­ly as well pre­served as Pom­peii, yet with­in quick and easy reach of Rome. 

Less than an hour from Piaz­za Navona and the Pan­theon, I am ambling along Ostia's ancient stone streets that fol­low the grid pat­tern of a Roman army camp -- like­ly imposed when Rome took over the port city in about 400 B.C.