The city quarter of Ostia is part of Roma, Italy and former a harbour city. People get here to have a break at the Lido di Ostia and for Ostia Antica – the ruins of the ancient city. The name Ostia derives from ostium, meaning entrance or here: river mouth. 

Close-by the river Tevere enters the Mediterranen Sea. You can get there via the railway Roma-Lido if you want to see the most important beach of the city. The ruins of Ostia are worth a visit, too. You can learn that it wasn’t flourishing at every period in time: in the 5th century Roma was shrinking and Ostia was nearly given up.

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