Ostia Antica, harbour of the Imperial Rome - A computer reconstruction





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Published on May 18, 2013

This is a video of my reconstructions of the Roman town of Ostia. The Ostia Antica Park is one of the largest and most important italian archaeological sites of the ancient Rome. With his fifty hectares, its buildings and its streets, it testifies the development of a large urban and commercial center during the imperial age. Ostia was the most important port of the antiquity, the gate of Rome on the Mediterranean sea.

This ancient roman town is located at the mouth of the Tiber, hence its name: in fact 'ostium' in latin means 'mouth of the river'. It was a quite large town and for its importance and extension it was called 'the second Rome'.

I have visited the town many times during my life and each time I was amazed by its monuments, its mosaics, its architecture. I have projected myself in a imaginary world, trying to picture the buildings around me. This reconstruction is the product of my researches and long study of the roman architecture that ended up with the modeling of a huge 3d model (around 15 million of polygons) representing the whole town - and part of the neighborhood.
According to my knowledge (and please let me know if I am wrong), this is the first time this town has been entirely reconstructed in 3D.

I have produced many still images and packaged them into apps for iOS and Android, a sort of archeological guide based only on 3d images. You can find more info about the iOS apps on my web site at:


or searching 'ostia antica' on the Apple Store or on the Google Play.

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PS: Updated on 18 August 2016. More images on the site:


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