We started with the necropolis along the Ostiense road, than we entered the Ancient gate to walk along Ostia’s Decumanus Maximus. The baths of Neptune, our first stop, had a great part of the floor mosaics covered with plastic (in winter time they’re preserved form the weather), nevertheless we all gathered in the open air gymnasium, and wandered about the sports Romans performed in the past.
The Fireman Barrack is very large and well organized with large fountains in the central courtyard and a big hall where they were worshipping their cults, above all the one of the emperor.
Just off the main gate of the barrack there were three little ‘couponae’ or drinking places for them to stop and grab a glass of wine. When they were out of duty they had drinks available right there!!
My friend Alessia, tour leader of the group, took a bounces of pictures of me explaining, I wish to share one with you. The rest of the Ostia itinerary may follow…