That's how much walking I did at Ostia Antica.
This place wasn't just the ruins of a few buildings. It was an entire city. It takes you a little while to figure out what you are looking at but once you get use to Ostia, your mind starts to rebuild the city.
Here you can see everything from Roman baths to temples, homes, a charriot house and even the bakery. The ground are scattered with fragments of statues and columns which give you an idea of this once grand city. One of the things I liked the best was looking at all the mosaic floors which are still partially intact. One of my favorites was in the market area where the floor of the fishmonger was designed with a serpant or octopus and a fish.
I spent about 3.5 hours here because of the size of the site. As you wander you find yourself peeking into the backstreets and into a building here and there. What a delight it is when you come across a small statue or fresco on a wall. The funniest part is when you see the public rest room. Imagine a long marble slab with rows of toilet seat type holes carved in it. Below the holes is simple a ditch. Looking at this I have the feeling that there was very little privacy when you had to do your business. It didn't look like there was any space between holes for dividers. They did, however, have a two separate rooms for man and woman.
And If you think your toilet seat is cold, try sitting on a piece of marble.
They say if you come to Italy and can't get to Pompeii, Ostia is highly under rated and the next best thing. Unlike Pompaii which was distoyed by a volcano, Ostia Antica was burried in river mud from the nearby Tiber.
If you visit wear good shoes. Nothing is paved and the ground is uneven everywhere.
Admission with a map (you need this) is €6.
My feet hurt.