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A Rediscovered Ancient City

The Ostia Antica was a busy sea port for over 600 years but was taken over by the sands and preserved to later be uncovered. Today several bathing houses are open for tours as well as several homes and theatres that put on shows in the ancient ruins. Ostia Antica is a large archeological site, close to the modern suburb of Ostia (Rome), that was the location of the harbour city of ancient Rome, which is approximately 30 km to the northeast. "Ostia" in Latin means "mouth". At the mouth of the River Tiber, Ostia was Rome's seaport, but, due to silting and a drop in sea level, the site now lies 3 km from the sea. The site is noted for the excellent preservation of its ancient buildings, magnificent frescoes and impressive mosaics.

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