Wednesday, March 07, 2018

More rain in Ostia

On Ian's last day we traveled from Naples to Lido di Ostia to be close to the airport (FCO) for his flight home and to visit Ostia Antica.

Continuing our bad luck with the Naples-Rome route, our fast train was delayed, almost doubling the travel time.  Bad weather continued.  Poor Ian, I didn't have the heart to joke about him bringing the weather with him from Southern California; the land of drought, fire, mudslide... the common fate of children of climate change.

Ostia itself was very impressive, even for someone just coming from Herculaneum and Pompeii. It was much bigger than we expected.  Someone had to come round us up at closing time.

On the train from Naples to Rome. The guy as few seats up on the left peering out the window looks alot like Steve Martin, no?
On the train from Napoli to Rome, Italy

Waiting for the train to Ostia Antica.
Ostia Lido Centro Station - Rome, Italy

From Wikipedia: Ostia Antica is a large archeological site, close to the modern suburb of Ostia, that is the location of the harbour city of ancient Rome, 15 miles southwest of Rome. "Ostia" is a derivation of "os", the Latin word for "mouth".

Heading down the Decumanus Maximus; that is, the main drag.
Ostia Antica - Ostia, Roma, Italy

The Teatro and Merchants Square at Ostia Antica.
Ostia Antica - Ostia, Rome, Italy

Ostia Antica - Ostia, Roma, Italy

Near the barracks of the Fire Brigade.
Ostia Antica - Ostia, Roma, Italy

Mill. Rome was fed by tons of grain imported through Ostia's harbour and granaries.
Ostia Antica - Ostia, Rome, Italy

Random rain shot.
Ostia Antica - Ostia, Rome, Italy

The Forum.
Ostia Antica - Ostia, Rome, Italy

Latrines in the public baths.
Ostia Antica - Ostia, Rome, Italy

The sun comes out for a few minutes!
Ostia Antica - Ostia, Rome, Italy

This mosaic signifies that the merchant in this building is a grain measurer.
Ostia Antica - Ostia, Rome, Italy

Another public bath; another mosaic.
Ostia Antica - Ostia, Rome, Italy

We reached the far end of the site just before 5pm closing time. The woman in the dark coat "herded" us towards the exit.
Ostia Antica - Ostia, Rome, Italy

We got caught in a heavy downpour on the way out of Ostia Antica but found shelter at the train station.
Ostia Antica - Ostia, Rome, Italy

On the way home we stopped at the Carrefour Express and priced the Campari and Aperol = nice!
Ostia, Rome, Italy

And pizza-by-the-slice for dinner.
Ostia, Rome, Italy




3 comments:

WQZ said...

http://articles.latimes.com/print/2012/oct/03/science/la-sci-humans-climate-change-20121004

Here is an interesting report by la times back in 2012. All the grandiose ruins had an invisible price.

Kathy said...

Impressive site! Sorry you're having such bad weather.

Sun-Ling said...

Every single transfer had been in the rain, which is about the same number as all of the past ten years put together. All of our hosts started to apologize -- surely the next time you come, it'll better weather. It never rains like this. Poor Ian.