Ostia Antica is a huge archeological site near to Rome. Once it was built right at the mouth of the river Tiber, but today it is located around 5 km/3 miles inland. The city was once home for over 100.000 people… an amazing active sea port city.
The excavations brought so many artifacts to the surface, nevertheless hundreds of years ago already many foreign people were digging for sculptures and other interesting objects.
The museum was situated thanks to Pope Pius IX more than 150 years ago in a 15th century style building. It has several rooms, all very bright and full of light. They contain collections of portraits and busts of famous people like Cicero, Faustina the Elder or Trajan. Some votive statues for Mithras and a beautiful statue of Cupid and Psyche. Amazing are the reliefs of a sarcophagus. Some smaller objects like glass or marble objects of the daily life.
I collected a few photos I took in the museum so you can have a first impression of what to expect. Right behind the museum there is a little bar/restaurant and a souvenir shop where you can find some interesting books about Ostia Antica and Ancient Imperial Rome.
Ostia Antica, Lazio,/Italy:
For further information:
Website of Ostia Antica (in Italian)
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