Ostia is where St. Monica died, supposedly in an inn. I wish I had thought about visiting the city when I was in Italy. Check out the Ostia-Antica website for oodles of information, a video, a quiz and some pics. The information below is from the site.
The ancient Roman city of Ostia was in antiquity situated at the mouth of the river Tiber, some 30 kilometres to the west of Rome. The shoreline moved seawards, due to silting, from the Middle Ages until the 19th century. Therefore Ostia is today still lying next to the Tiber, but at a distance of some three kilometers from the beach. Ostia is Latin for "mouth", the mouth of the Tiber. The river was used as harbour, but in the Imperial period two harbour basins were added to the north, near Leonardo da Vinci airport. The harbour district was called Portus, Latin for "harbour".
The remains of St. Monica
The first church of Aurea may have been built in the fifth century. The orientation was precisely the opposite of that of the present church. In the floor and around the church many graves were found. The church was renovated c. 700 AD by pope Sergius I, c. 800 AD by Leo III, and c. 850 AD by Leo IV. In 1430 the relics (of St. Aurea) were removed from the urn and taken to Rome, together with those of Monica (Acta Sanctorum, May I, p. 490).
Maybe if I start saving now, I'll have enough money to go with hubby and the kids when they are a bit older.
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