Ostia Antica: The Pompeii of Rome with Livia Galante - Context Travel

Ostia Antica: The Pompeii of Rome with Livia Galante


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This conversation will take us to explore Ostia, the ancient harbor of Rome, an extraordinary archaeological venue (similar in some respects to Pompeii) but politically much more important than the Vesuvian city.

We will discuss the three main stages of the development of this settlement. Starting with its foundations as a military garrison protecting the salts pans at the mouth of the Tiber river, to the warehouse of Rome, and lastly into a residential area for the luxury summer estates of the Patricians. We'll use these stages to help understand the changes that occurred in Roman society through the centuries.

Led by archaeologist Livia Galante, this interactive seminar will unpick the narrative of this fascinating ancient space. Designed to inform and inspire, we will emerge with increased knowledge and understanding of Ostia Antica and a deeper appreciation thanks to an archaeologist who has worked on the very site.

Livia obtained a degree in Archaeology at the Sapienza University of Rome and has a Master's degree in the History and Conservation of Cultural Heritage from the University of Roma Tre. Her main field of interest is ancient Roman topography and early Christian architecture; however, she is an accomplished scholar whose teaching ability extends to the Renaissance and Baroque Rome. As a native Roman, Livia is very enthusiastic about sharing the deep love and knowledge she has for her hometown with clients.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Fascinating overview of Ostia Antica, a largely unvisited gem near Rome

Livia Galante is a passionate and entertaining advocate and presenter on Ostia Antica, where she worked for many years. The presentation included the historic and environmental context for the site as well as in-depth information and anecdotes on the life in the port city and the customs of the Romans who lived and worked there. I have been to Ostia Antica and the site is well worth a visit when one is in Rome. It competes nicely with Pompeii. Livia added considerably to my knowledge of this unique place.

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Fascinating

Fabulous presentation.

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Ostia Antica

Outstanding presentation! Livia's enthusiastic delivery style as well as the excellent photos and reconstructed views of the site kept me riveted to my computer monitor throughout the presentation. We had visited Ostia and the on-site museum in 2009 but got only a fraction of the historical and archaeological information Livia gave us in just over one hour!

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I had told my husband about Livia, that the minute Italy opens, we're going to all the places she's told me about in lectures, and she didn't disappoint again this morning! He wandered into the room, listened to the whole talk, transfixed! She brings these ancient sites to life, her slides are so well organized and informative, her devotion and enthusiasm for her subjects is transporting and her tangents are delightful.

Customer Reviews

Based on 15 reviews
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K.W.
Fascinating overview of Ostia Antica, a largely unvisited gem near Rome

Livia Galante is a passionate and entertaining advocate and presenter on Ostia Antica, where she worked for many years. The presentation included the historic and environmental context for the site as well as in-depth information and anecdotes on the life in the port city and the customs of the Romans who lived and worked there. I have been to Ostia Antica and the site is well worth a visit when one is in Rome. It competes nicely with Pompeii. Livia added considerably to my knowledge of this unique place.

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Fascinating

Fabulous presentation.

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S.S.
Ostia Antica

Outstanding presentation! Livia's enthusiastic delivery style as well as the excellent photos and reconstructed views of the site kept me riveted to my computer monitor throughout the presentation. We had visited Ostia and the on-site museum in 2009 but got only a fraction of the historical and archaeological information Livia gave us in just over one hour!

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L.

I had told my husband about Livia, that the minute Italy opens, we're going to all the places she's told me about in lectures, and she didn't disappoint again this morning! He wandered into the room, listened to the whole talk, transfixed! She brings these ancient sites to life, her slides are so well organized and informative, her devotion and enthusiasm for her subjects is transporting and her tangents are delightful.