They say that a journey through Italy is like travelling through an outdoor museum. There are so many sculptures and monuments in every part that it is impossible to not stop at every corner to marvel at so much beautiful art. It will come as no surprise then that half of the world's UNESCO World Heritage Sites are in Italy.
Travelling through Italy, we can admire the works of infamous artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Rafael, Michelangelo, Botticelli or Tintoretto and many others; genuine maestros of art and sculpture which are present in art galleries throughout the world.
But Italy is not just about art. The Italian cuisine is another very good reason to visit Italy, where you can sample the wonderful fresh pasta dishes and rich sauces made with natural ingredients in the purest traditional styles.
The inhabitants are warm and friendly and will quickly have you engaged in conversation. They say Italians are very passionate and it's very normal to hear men flattering women as they walk by.
Description of the area
Ostia comes from the Latin word Ostium, meaning "mouth". In fact it was the 'mouth' of the river Tíber and it was founded by the ancient Romans in the 4th century BC and was occupied for 600 by fishermen, merchants and slaves.
Ostia Antica is the best conserved Roman city after Herculano and Pompey. The ruins are situated on the main thoroughfare, Decumanus Maximus, which joins Porta Romana with Porta Marina, the entrance roads to the city and sea respectively.
We recommend you visit the ancient forum ruins, the Roman Baths of Neptune, the amphitheatre, the Piazzale delle Corporazioni (shopping centre), the museum and the Thermopilium.
Italian cuisine is very varied in spite of popular misconception. Each region forming the country contributes in some way to this great variety.
Using a wealth of ingredients from the Mediterranean diet not only do they produce pizzas and fresh pasta dishes, but there is also a wide selection of Italian specialities including risotto (a creamy rice originally made with mushrooms), vitello tonnato (a dish of finely filleted beef and accompanied with tuna and olives) and cold meats cuts such as prosciutto, mortadela and salami, to name but a few. To finish off, you must try the authentic tiramisu dessert after any Italian meal.
Naturally we cannot finish this section without mentioning the world famous Italian coffee.
Coliseum. Originally called the Flavian Amphitheatre it could accommodate over 50,000 spectators distributed over its 3 floors. The games and entertainment held at the Coliseum date back to the year 80 BC until the 6th century AD.
The Vatican. Rome has the unique peculiarity of being home to one of the smallest states in Europe, the Vatican. St. Peter's square, a masterful work by Bernini is presided over by St. Peter's Basilica and crowned by the impressive dome by Michelangelo which stands 136 metres in height.
Fontana di Trevi. There is a legend about the majestic Baroque Trevi fountain that says all who throw a coin in will return to Rome again one day.
Piazza di Spagna (Spanish Square). Meeting place of the young Romans, the square is famous for the Spanish Steps that ascend to the Trinita dei Monti church.
Piazza Navona. With its 3 magnificent fountains, this square is integrated into the former Stadium of Domitian built in 86 BC.
Santa Maria Maggiore. A mixture of architectural styles, Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore still conserves the original 5th century nave and mosaics.
Fashion is a basic element of everyday Italian life. If you love to go shopping, Rome is the city for you.
Budget permitting, the best fashion labels can be found on the streets surrounding Spanish Square. Via Condotti, Via Frattina or Via Borgognona. Here you can find world famous fashion by Dior, Armani, Dolce & Gabanna, Prada, Gucci, Bulgari, Cartier and Louis Vuitton.
If you are looking for a more reasonably priced souvenir of your trip to Rome then visit the Via Nazionale where you can find all types of shops.