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The original settlement was founded in 830 by Gregory IV whose houses are enclosed within a very high wall and a ditch to defend the inhabitants from the Saracen.
When the heat becomes unbearable, there are hoards of people seizing the opportunity to make straight for the sea and â€œthe seaâ€ for Rome is synonymous with Ostia.
The Lido di Ostia is in fact the seaside resort closest to the capital and, packed with beach establishments, hotels, restaurants and sailing clubs, it is the Romansâ favourite.
Built in the early twentieth century,Â Ostia was twinned with Rome in the Thirties, turning into a well-connected suburb of the capital where architects and engineers designed a series of modern buildings, piazzas and beach establishments.
In recent years a new Port has blossomed in Ostia with boats of every shape and size, a haven for sea travellers from all over the world to call in at Rome and enjoy all its wonders without having forsake the benefits and attractions of the sea.