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City: Rome

Although Rome's original harbor was at Ostia Antica, around AD 46 the Emperor Claudius constructed a new harbor north of Ostia with two long curving moles projecting into the sea. The harbor opened directly to the sea to the north-west protecting it from the prevailing south-west wind. It was known as Portus and the Via Portuensis still connects Rome with the area. In 103 AD Trajan constructed another harbor farther inland, a hexagonal basin. The basin itself is now a reedy lagoon and remains of the many warehouses can still be seen.


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