I finally made it to Ostiense, to look at what remains from that time and that singular event. As is typical here, there is no public interpretation, nothing to describe and discuss the reason for the construction of this station or the signal event that defines it. Instead, we have remnants, in the architecture and, even more, in the decorative program. Imitating the mosaic style of Ostia Antica (which lies just a few miles to the west), mosaics on in the portico out from of the station, are not bombastic in the way the Foro Italico mosaics are. They refer to the detente with the Catholic Church, secured in 1929, and offer a map of the Roman empire, with a black eagle surveying the once and future joint fascist empire. And then there are the scales -- of justice, I presume -- about to be tilted by the weight of a sword.
These remnants remain, even inside the supermarket that has taken over a corner of the station. Amid olives and toilet paper, biding their time, are scenes from the Roman and mythological past.