After 5 days in Rome, I decided to leave the city and see a different part of Italy. Alas time and my pocket-book would not permit a trip to Florence, Pompeii, nor Venice, so I decided to go to Ostia Antica, the harbour city of ancient Rome.
The Decumanus is one of the major roads of the town. These are the original stones. There is a well on the Decumanus and along the road are gratings through which you can see the lead pipes that transported water into town. Talk about urban planning. This ancient town was really well laid out.
I came across a sarcophagus in the Christian Oratory. I can only imagine it belonged to someone who was later granted sainthood.
Temporary jolt to reality! Just outside the theatre there were cigarette butts. Sigh. Why do people smoke?
From the theatre I went to the Forum delle Corporazioni where the important people of the town had their businesses and offices. A replica of the Ara dei Gemelli which is dedicated to the god of nature and forests is seen here. The original is in the Roman National Museum of Palazzo Massimo.
Later on in my walk, I was able to find the mall or at least a bazaar of sorts. Casseggiato del Larario (House of the Lararium) was built around 120 AD. The lararium is supposed to be a shrine of the household gods so I can imagine that there was a large statue in here. It’s as if to welcome you to your shopping experience, I imagine. There was a Taberna of the Fishermen and presumably one for butchers. I can see them getting to work over those marbletops.
I found the public latrines (forica) inside a shop. They really are public.