I woke up this morning at about 9am and had breakfast at the hotel (croissants with Nutella). When I went back to my room I laid on the bed for a "second". Big mistake, I fell back asleep. After waking up and getting out of the romm by 11.30, I decided to go to Ostia Antica. Today is a sunny day and I wanted to take advantage of the good weather while it is here.
I asked at my hotel how to get to Ostia and they told me to go to Piazza Claudio and get the number 95 bus. Once arriving wandered hopelessly to find the stop. I few time I saw the 95 and followed it to find where it was stopping, but it never did.
When I finally found the stop there was a sign posted in Italian which seemed to say the the bus does not stop here and directed me to Piazza Tritone. S**t. When I foinally found the stop I got on the bus and was on my way.
I was suppose to stay on the bus to the Parimide (Pyramid) stop. As the bus weaved through the city streets I thought for sure I had missed my stop. I didn't recognize the neighborhood anymore. I had visions of the bus hitting the last stop and having to get off while Italian gagsters steal my bag and my maps, asprin, camera and guidebooks, leaving me stranded in the ghetto.
Then a relieving sight, a stone pyramid (what is that?) and a metro station by the same name. The train to Ostia Antica leaves from the train station next to the metro station. It is called Roma Lido.
Note to self, next time take the Metro.
Before boarding the train I stop at a small stand and get a proscuitto, cheese and arugula panini (€3) with a Diet Coke and a bottle of water. The panini is cooked on a press and tastes pretty good. It all cost €6.
After picking up my lunch I buy my ticket and head to the train. This train resembles a subway car and is about as dirty as a train can be. I feel like I am in India. There us so much grafitti and filth on the windows that you can barely see out of them. The trip to Antica Ostia is pretty fast, I think it was about 15 minutes.
I have arrived at Ostia and now I have to figure out where Antica is!
Reminder - The Italian public transportaion system is about as confusing as the city streets.