Many people go to Pompeii, certainly the best place to get a sense of what a Roman city was. Not as many know that much closer to Rome the same experience can be done in Ostia. It was the old port of Rome, a community of over a 100000 people at its highest peak, cosmopolitan and multicultural.
People from all over the Roman Empire came here and left a sign of their presence. Roads and streets, thermal baths and shopping areas, a theater still used in the summer and elaborate domestic architectures, condominiums, middle class homes, villas, bars and tavernas. Its small but charming museum houses a splendid collection of ancient marbles, some of which are among the best evidences of Greek artists working for Roman patrons.