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Via Portico d'Ottavia
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Jewish Ghetto and Navona Food Wine and Sightseeing Tour of Rome
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New York, NY
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“Little gem”
Reviewed 26 March 2013

We stumbled upon this place wandering around from the Fontana delle Tartarughe approaching from the back entrance. Most of the time one would enter from the Teatro di Marcello and perhaps miss this if you didn't follow the path. It is a lovely selection of ruins that we were excited to find.
Great ancient columns and a marble frontispiece, held together with rusting iron braces, now form part of the church of Sant'Angelo in Pescheria. They were originally the entrance of a massive colonnaded square (portico) containing temples and libraries, built in the first century AD by Emperor Augustus and dedicated to his sister Octavia (this, in turn, had been built over a first-century BC square). The mighty structure was decorated with 34 bronzes by Lysippus depicting bellicose events from the life of Alexander the Great; these are long lost.

The isolated columns outside, and the inscription above, date from a later restoration, undertaken by Septimius Severus in AD 213. After lengthy digs and restoration work in the 1990s, a walkway has been opened allowing you to stroll through the forum piscarium - the ancient fish market, which remained in operation hereabouts until medieval times, hence the name of the church - and get a closer look at the massive remains. Atmospheric (if slightly rubbish-strewn) as the place is, there are no explanations of what you're looking at. The walkway continues past a graveyard of broken columns and dumped Corinthian capitals to the Teatro di Marcello, passing by three towering columns that were part of the Temple of Apollo, dating from 433 BC.
Definitely worth a visit!

Visited March 2013
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“A bit of a surprise!”
Reviewed 28 February 2013

We stumbled across these ruins completely by accident after walking down an alleyway after lunch. There are signs around that offer very good explanations of the history of the ruins, which offered some welcome context to what we were seeing. It was nice to find something that wasn't in all of the guidebooks as a must-see, for a bit of a change!

Visited February 2013
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“Portico of Octavia, built by Augustus in honor of his sister”
Reviewed 27 October 2012

The Portico of Octavia was built by Roman Emperor Augustus to honor his sister, Octavia (whom he married to Mark Antony in an ill-fated political alliance; eventually Mark Antony divorced her in favor of Cleopatra). The Portico was a colonnaded structure which surrounded two small temples, a library, and a government building. In medieval times, it was a fish market; later it was converted to a church. The Portico today is not much to look at, but it is a nice stop on a tour of Rome's traditional Jewish quarter, the Ghetto. This is an interesting part of that is well deserving of your time -- and has some absolutely terrific restaurants.

Visited March 2012
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