Attractions in Rome
Attractions near FCO airport include the fascinating Museum of Roman Civilization. The 12,000 square meter building contains over 50 galleries that retell the history of the city from ancient times through the 6th century A.D. Divided into three main areas; the building features a plaster model of ancient Rome at the time of Constantine I, along with historical and thematic sections. Learn about the origins of Roman mythology and the growth of the Roman Empire from the reign of Caesar through the introduction of Christianity. See ancient artwork; learn the importance Romans placed on education, and the typical lives led by early citizens.
Before exploring the ancient Ostia Antica ruins, guests venture into the Castle of Julius II for a refreshing ice cream, a quick meal and a map of the location. The castle, medieval village and the Church of St. Aurea also provide a pleasant site for investigation. Pope Julius II had the fortress constructed in the 1480s, which consists of a walled perimeter connected by three towers. Exploring the inner castle provides visitors with an historical account of the site, which served as a home for the popes and later for soldiers who protected the port city. The castle also served as the home of prisoners assigned tasks in the medieval village.
Beyond the Castle of Julius II lie the Ostia Antica ruins. This ancient portal city developed sometime around the 4th century B.C. and served as a military outpost that guarded the entrance to Rome. One of the major attractions near FCO airport, the city site spans over 10,000 acres with a main street over one-mile long. The city once housed over 100,000 residents. Inside the gate, visitors encounter the Baths of Neptune. This massive elaborate mosaic features the god on his chariot pulled by four horses. The site contains the remains of many structures that include the amphitheater, the Collegiate Temple and the public baths. You can journey into the underground passages that harbored the steam boilers that provided heat through lead pipes embedded within concrete walls. Explore the many buildings containing frescoes, marble fountains and historic mosaics.
The fishing industry on the western coast of Italy continues today. Journeying to the marina, visitors have the opportunity of observing commercial and private sea going vessels of various shapes, sizes and colors. From here, avid mariners charter sailing vessels and yachts for exploring the picturesque coast or touring the many islands in the vicinity. The coast also features scenic sandy beaches overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.