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Wheelchair accessible Ancient Ostia tours tradition says that was founded by Ancus Marcius, the fourth king of Rome.
It seems that during the Regal period there was a built-up area near the mouth of the Tiber, where there were some salt marshes producing salt.
A priceless and essential wealth, that the whole area surrounding the mouth of the Tiber was strategically important for Rome.
In any case, the first settlement can be traced back to the beginning of the 4th century B.C..
Immediately after the defeat of the Etruscan town of Veio, situated on the right bank of the river, which fell to the Roman army.
Only at that century a squared fortified post ( castrum ) was built.
This military camp, called Ostia from the Latin word Ostium meaning "mouth of the river", was established at a distance of around 16 miles from Rome.
As a military outpost to keep under control not only the access to the Tiber, but also its lower course and nearby areas, in order to defend Rome.
Ostia, the first Roman colony, became immediately a river port acquiring a commercial function to supply Rome with food stuff, particularly wheat, even if its strategic military function as naval base certainly prevailed.
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The city was then surrounded by a new circle of walls, approximately 2 km longer, that is traditionally attributed at the time of Sulla.
Even if recent studies suggest that it was built in the mid first century on the initiative of Cicero.
The city could be accessed through three main gates.
Porta Romana, that is the Eastern gate at the end of Via Ostiense.
Porta Laurentina that is the Southern gate at the end of the Cardus Maximus.
Porta Marina, that is the Western gate, facing the sea, at the end of the Decumanus Maximus.
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