Passatempo is a comic-strip story Fulvio Risuleo and Antonio Pronostico have set in the Ostia Antica Archeological Park.
It’s a lovely, sunny day, perfect for visiting the excavations at Ostia Antica. There’s so much to see, only… up in the sky, two young little clouds are feeling a little bored, so they decide to set off a summer storm to remember. What a sight! It rains cats and dogs, they even hurl a thunderbolt onto a column at the Forum Spa. It looks like Zeus’s own revenge… Until Mamma Cloud comes along and sorts things out. The sun returns, and the little clouds get their ears tweaked. But it was worth it: it was such great fun!
Ostia was the most important port of the Roman Empire, the place where goods arrived from all over the known world. The remains of this large commercial city, the population of which reached 50,000, include huge warehouses for goods, temples dedicated to a host of different divinities, luxurious mansions of the rich decorated with marble and wall paintings, and multi-storey insulae, similar to modern apartment blocks. In short, a vast archaeological site offering visitors glimpses of the everyday life of an ancient city, the gigantic outlet of nearby Rome.