Italy Borgo di Ostia Antica

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Massimo Squillace

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A dip into the Roman Middle Ages. This is a small cluster of buildings perfectly preserved and enclosed by walls, a square overlooked by houses built in the fifteenth century and a castle raised to defend the last stretch of the Tiber. Borgo di Ostia Antica was created around a Christian basilica built in the place where Santa Aurea was martyred by Romans, in 270 AD. Around the ninth century Pope Gregory IV decided to safeguard the few men and women who lived there, building a fortification that could defend them from the Saracen raids. This first housing nucleus was given the name of its founder: Gregoriopoli. The Castle, as we see it today, was made by Cardinal Giuliano della Rovere, the future Pope Julius II, who also renewed the Basilica di Santa Aurea; it is very well kept and it is possible to take part in guided tours by appointment, nonetheless you can often arrange for a visit right on the spot.

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