Ostia Antica
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  • Ancient Ostia Guided Walking Tour

    1. Ancient Ostia Guided Walking Tour

    Immerse yourself in Roman history with a guided walking tour of the Ancient Ostia Archaeological Park. Discover more about Ancient Ostia which once served as a major port and trading center during the Republican period. Stroll through the ruins of the city and see many of the principal attractions, which have been remarkably well preserved. See the magnificent theatre, the remains of common apartment blocks known as insulae, and the main baths of the city. Admire the mosaics of the interiors of the houses, some of the best-preserved works from this period. Learn more about the day-to-day life of regular citizens of the Roman Empire. Discover the importance of the port of Ostia to the nearby capital of the empire. Enjoy a more relaxed experience of Roman history away from the more crowded sites of the capital.

    The tour was very extensive and informative. We'd no previously Ostia Antica and are thrilled that we had this opportunity to learn about from such a well-informed guide. Paolo was excellent.

  • Ostia Antica Half-Day Tour from Rome by Train

    2. Ostia Antica Half-Day Tour from Rome by Train

    Explore the beautifully preserved archaeological remains of Ostia Antica, founded in the 4th century BC, and once home to more than 100,000 Roman citizens. Traveling by train from central Rome, your guide will accompany you to the ruins, and give a comprehensive account of Ostia’s rise and fall. Along the way, marvel at well preserved remains of taverns, thermal baths, warehouses and theaters. Walk the main Decumanus Maximus thoroughfare as your guide brings the stones to life. Admire Roman statues that line the walkways, and feel as though you are walking in Ancient Rome itself. Go to the Baths of Neptune, crowned by an impressively intact mosaic of the sea god being drawn by a 4-horse chariot. Imagine the roar of the crowds at the amphitheater, and take your place in the stands just as 3,500 spectators would have done back in 12 BC when it was first built. Visit the communal Forica ...

    Our guide Angela was excellent, very knowledgeable and passionate about the place and its history. The site was well worth the visit, but a good guide is crucial.

  • Ostia Antica Guided Tour with Local Archaeologist

    3. Ostia Antica Guided Tour with Local Archaeologist

    Meet your knowledgeable English-speaking guide at the Ostia Antica ticket office where you will skip-the-line and begin the tour of Rome's antiquated port. Over time the coastline has moved inland and Ostia, (‘Os’ comes from the latin word mouth) was once the mouth of the river Tiber. As you walk through ancient Ostia, admire the labyrinth like streets, which lead you to see some of the main sights in this archeological park: the magnificent amphitheater, fountains, factories, the Square of the Guilds, the main city square - the Capitolium, the Baths of Neptune, the Forum, private homes and more. Discover the historical importance of the port city and hear detailed explanations from your professional guide, who will enlighten you about what life was like when Ostia was once a thriving port.

    Maria Rita was an excellent Guide. She was knowledgeable, professional and polite. She was happy to answer questions and kept the exchange flowing. The tour itself was done at a very good pace.

  • From Rome: Ostia Antica 4-Hour Guided Tour

    4. From Rome: Ostia Antica 4-Hour Guided Tour

    Journey back in time to the days of the Roman Empire on a half-day tour of Ostia Antica, the ancient harbor city that once served Ancient Rome. Journey by train from the "Eternal City" in less than 20 minutes, accompanied by an expert guide. Then, explore an archaeological site said by many to be more beautiful - and certainly less crowded - than Pompeii. Located at the "mouth" of the River Tiber, Ostia was the gateway (and gate keeper) of Rome in ancient times. Learn the history of the city and its importance to the Roman Republic. Hear how grains from Sicily, marble from Africa, slaves from Asia and wine from Spain were all processed in the port city on their way to Rome. See ancient shops that remain intact, such as a fish shop with its stunning mosaics. Discover one of the best preserved Roman theaters in the world, still used for occasional performances to this day. Marvel at the ...

    Wonderful tour easily done while in Rome. Our guide was Daniel and he was fantastic. His knowledge of Ostia Antica brought it to life for us. He was very patient with our questions and able to provide us with all the info. Would highly recommend this tour with this company

  • Half Day Tour of Ancient Ostia

    5. Half Day Tour of Ancient Ostia

    Visit the vast archaeological site of Ostia Antica, an ancient port city of  the Rome Republic. Today the ruins, enclosed by cypresses and pine trees, reveal more information about ancient Rome than any other monument in the capital. Your journey will start in Rome along the Via del Mare, you will head towards Ostia (in Latin "ostium" means "River Mouth"), reaching the fascinating ruins of what was once a thriving center of commerce. You will start the tour from the Street of Tombs, the road leading to Porta Romana, one of three inputs of Ostia. The Decumanus Maximus, the main thoroughfare that runs through the city from the northeast to the southwest, begins here. You will visit the Baths of Neptune and admire the black-and-white mosaics of Neptune, Amphitrite, the theater built by Agrippa and the Forum, which was once the center of city life. See the main public buildings, such as th...

    Donald expertly managed to paint a vivid picture of the life of the inhabitants using the ruins in a way that would not be possible with a simple audio guide or no guide at all.

  • Rome: Ostia Antica Private Walking Tour with Skip-the-Line

    6. Rome: Ostia Antica Private Walking Tour with Skip-the-Line

    Have a walk through the Roman ruins in the old town of Ostia Antica, a small Pompeii just a few kilometers away from Rome. Discover the history of a settlement that can be traced back to the beginning of the 4th century B.C., which served as a military outpost to control not only access to the Tiber but also its lower course and nearby areas, in order to defend Rome. After meeting your guide, skip the entrance lines to explore Ostia, the first Roman colony. Hear about its role as a river port that acquired a commercial function to supply Rome with foodstuffs, particularly wheat, even if its strategic military function as a naval base certainly prevailed. 

    Learn about how the city was later surrounded by a new circle of walls that circumscribed an urban area of about 50 hectares, divided into five regions or neighborhoods. While there, see Neptune's Thermal Baths, the theatre, ...

  • Rome: Ostia Antica Private Van Tour with an Archaeologist

    7. Rome: Ostia Antica Private Van Tour with an Archaeologist

    Start the tour with a private pickup from your centrally located hotel in Rome before heading off on a Roman adventure like no other. Meet your guide for the day, a PhD archaeologist who will be at your disposal, armed with a lifetime of knowledge to share with you. Enjoy the luxury of customizing the tour to your interests and use your guide's recommendations to make your decision. Retrace the steps of the Ancient Romans as you stroll along the Decumanus Maximus, the main street of the site, and experience what life was like for these historic people. Visit the Caupona, where the Romans would have enjoyed an evening of eating and drinking, stop by the Thermopolium bar, then discover the Square of the Guilds, the main commerce and trade center. Next, wander around the old public baths and the firemen barracks to learn about the efficiency of the Romans in preventing and extinguishing f...

  • Rome: Ostia Antica Half Day Small Group Tour with Guide

    8. Rome: Ostia Antica Half Day Small Group Tour with Guide

    The tour starts with a meet and greet with your guide at Roma-Lido Station before traveling together by train to Ostia Antica, a short ride from Rome’s city center, to experience what life was like for the Ancient Romans. Discover some of Ostia Antica’s most impressive features, such as the Baths of Neptune, which house an impressively preserved mosaic of Neptune, the God of the sea. Next, make your way through the Forum of Corporations, which was the center of commerce and trade in Rome during the time of Emperor Augustus. Continue onto the impressive Ostia Antica Amphitheater, which once held up to 3,500 onlookers and hear about the events that used to be held here and the rich history of the site. Retrace the steps of history and listen to your guide bring the past to life as you learn how advanced the Roman Empire was in both commerce and engineering, and how it helped shaped moder...

  • Rome: Immersive Underground and Piazzas Tour

    9. Rome: Immersive Underground and Piazzas Tour

    Immerse yourself in the city's history starting from Piazza Navona, one of the most charming and popular squares in Rome. The most beautiful parts of Piazza Navona are its three fountains, designed during the papacy of Gregory XIII. Erected in the center of Piazza Navona, the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi was designed by Bernini in 1651. After a look over Piazza Navona, you'll enter into the subterranean world beneath the streets of this square which is built over the site of the Stadium of Domitian. The stadium was used almost entirely for athletic contests, and for a brief period following fire-damage to the Colosseum in 217 A.D., it was used for gladiator shows. From the Stadium of Domitian you will go back on the street to move onward to the Pantheon. According to Roman legend, this is the place where at his death, the founder of Rome, Romulus, was seized by an eagle and taken off into ...

  • From Rome: Ostia Antica Ruins

    10. From Rome: Ostia Antica Ruins

    Your private driver will pick you up from your accommodation in central Rome and, in about 45 minutes, you’ll reach Ostia Antica where you’ll first tour the ruins (skip-the-line tickets included). Be led by an official licensed tour guide. The ancient Roman city of Ostia was in antiquity situated at the mouth of the river Tiber, some 30-kilometers to the west of Rome. The shoreline moved seawards due to silting from the Middle Ages until the 19th century. Therefore, Ostia is today still lying next to the Tiber. The river was used as harbor, but in the Imperial period, two harbor basins were added to the north, near Leonardo da Vinci Airport. The harbor district was called Portus, Latin for "harbor." This tour focuses on some of the archaeological remains of Imperial Ostia and Portus. Then you’ll spend some time visiting by yourself the wonderful medieval neighborhood near the ruins, st...

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What people are saying about Ostia Antica

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 112 reviews

We booked the tour for a small group, but in the end we were alone with the Guide. Paolo turned out to be not only a very pleasant and kind person, but also a knowledgeable and very engaged guide. We very much enjoyed this 3-hour tour, it was not only interesting but also entertaining by the many little details and anekdotes Paolo shared.

The archaeological site is very extensive, interesting and suggestive, you can perceive the extension of the ancient city and its importance and liveliness. Our guide Fabio proved to be competent and was able to entertain us with many interesting stories and details, including linguistic curiosities that we ignored!

It was a wonderful walking tour and Alex, our guide, is a knowledgeable, friendly man with tremendous knowledge of Ostia Antica. We would love to do guided tours with him again and again. Many thanks to Alex and best regards Dieter and Bärbel

The tour was very extensive and informative. We'd no previously Ostia Antica and are thrilled that we had this opportunity to learn about from such a well-informed guide. Paolo was excellent.

exelent tour with a very nice and knowledgable guide (Valeria). strongly recommended