Neptune disappears into the sea during violent storm off Ostia coast.
The mysterious statue of Neptune, which appeared unexpectedly on Rome's coast in March, has been washed into the sea by strong waves during a fierce storm in the early hours of 24 November.
The majestic statue, by an unknown artist, was the focus of much attention in the Ostia neighbourhood, and even became a local landmark during its short life.
The sculpture, complete with trident, was located about 100 metres to the western side of Ostia's pontile, or pier.
Despite being anchored to the rocky shoreline with steel straps and cement, Neptune's base was no match for the waves that lashed the Ostia coast this weekend.
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Statue of Neptune washed into sea in Rome storm
Ostia, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
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