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Portico d'Ottavia

  • Via Tribuna di Campitelli 6 Map It
  • Jewish Ghetto
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 06/20/2007

Fodor's Review

Looming over the Jewish Ghetto, this huge portico enclosure, with a few surviving columns, is one of the area's most picturesque set pieces, with the time-stained church of Sant'Angelo in Pescheria (seemingly under perpetual restoration) built right into its ruins. Named by Augustus in honor of his sister Octavia, it was originally 390 feet wide and 433 feet long, encompassed two temples, a meeting hall, and a library, and served as a kind of grandiose entrance foyer for the adjacent Teatro di Marcello. The ruins of the portico became Rome's pescheria (fish market) during the Middle Ages. A stone plaque on a pillar (a copy; the original is in the Musei Capitolini) states in Latin that the head of any fish surpassing the length of the plaque was to be cut off "up to the first fin" and given to the city fathers, or else the vendor was to pay a fine of 10 gold florins. The heads were used to make fish soup and were considered a great delicacy.

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Via Tribuna di Campitelli 6, Rome, Latium, 00186, Italy

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Published 06/20/2007


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