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Rome:Ostia Antica Archaeological Park Entry Ticket & Pemcard

1. Rome:Ostia Antica Archaeological Park Entry Ticket & Pemcard

Step back in time and wander through the beautifully-preserved streets and villas of ancient Ostia, a coastal city just outside of Rome. Explore the archaeological park at your own pace, imagine life here thousands of years ago, and send a unique postcard to friends or family. According to legend, Ancus Marcius, king of Rome, founded Ostia in 620 BC as a Roman colony on the mouth of the Tiber. The remains of the town were later covered in silt from the river, leaving buildings, frescoes, and mosaics preserved in excellent condition and providing a vivid picture of ancient life. Walk through the archaeological park and check out its many highlights. These include two-story Roman apartment blocks and the seaside villas of Procoio which contain a large bath complex and an amphitheater lined with striking theatrical masks made from stone. As part of this experience, you can turn your own digital photos into a postcard to send to friends and family anywhere in the world. This is an integrated admission ticket valid for 8 days from the first admission, for one admission to all sites and museums in the Park: Ostia Antica Archeological Park, Castle of Julius II , Museum of Ships in Fiumicino, Imperial Ports of Claudius and Trajan and Necropolis of Porto on Isola Sacra

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 (public washrooms), where a marble bench is lined with 20 well-spaced holes along 4 walls of a large open room. Take a seat to experience one of the more natural and human aspects of Ancient Rome! At the end of your tour, you have the option to remain at Ostia Antica and the modern city of Ostia, or go to a nearby beach. Those who prefer can join the guide on the train back to Rome for the end of the tour services.

Roma Pass: 48-Hour City Card with Transportation

3. Roma Pass: 48-Hour City Card with Transportation

The Roma Pass network includes over 45 monuments, museums, and archaeological sites, including the Colosseum, Roman and Imperial Forums, Capitoline Museums, Ara Pacis, Trajan's Market, the National Roman Museums, the Caracalla Baths, Borghese Gallery, Circo Massimo, Archaeological Park of Appia Antica, and Castel Sant'Angelo. With the city card, skip-the-line admission will be free at your first museum or site. In addition, you’ll enjoy discounted admission to all other museums and archaeological sites visited thereafter. You’ll also receive discounts with other participating service and activity providers. Explore the city as you travel for free on Rome’s public transportation network. Here is a list of museums, archaeological sites, and experiences included: • Accademia Nazionale di San Luca• Circo Massimo• Circo Massimo Experience• Forum Pass Super (Roman Forum, the Imperial Fora and the Palatine)• Galleria Borghese• Galleria d’Arte Moderna di Roma Capitale• Galleria Nazionale Duarte Antica in Palazzo Barberini and Palazzo Corsini • Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea• Galleria Spada• Journeys through ancient Rome• Mausoleo di Augusto• MAXXI - Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo• Mercati di Traiano - Museo dei Fori Imperiali• Musei Capitolini• Musei Capitolini - Centrale Montemartini• Musei di Villa Torlonia• Musei di Villa Torlonia - Casina delle Civette• Musei di Villa Torlonia - Casino Nobile• Musei di Villa Torlonia – Serra Moresca• Museo Carlo Bilotti Aranciera di Villa Borghese• Museo Civico di Zoologia• Museo dell’Ara Pacis• Museo della Repubblica Romana e della memoria garibaldina• Museo delle Mura• Museo di Casal de’ Pazzi• Museo di Roma• Museo di Roma in Trastevere• Museo di Scultura Antica Giovanni Barracco• Museo Napoleonico• Museo Nazionale degli Strumenti Musicali (reduced ticket only)• Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant’Angelo• Museo Nazionale di Palazzo Venezia (service with Roma Pass temporarily suspended)• Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia• Museo Nazionale Romano• Museo Nazionale Romano - Crypta Balbi• Museo Nazionale Romano - Palazzo Altemps• Museo Nazionale Romano - Palazzo Massimo• Museo Nazionale Romano - Terme di Diocleziano• Museo Pietro Canonica a Villa Borghese• Museum of Civilisations• Museum of Civilisations - Museo Nazionale Preistorico ed Etnografico "Luigi Pigorini"• Museum of Civilisations - Museo Nazionale dell’Alto Medioevo• Museum of Civilisations - Museo Nazionale delle Arti e Tradizioni Popolari• Museum of Civilisations - Museo Nazionale d’Arte Orientale• Palazzo Valentini - Archaeological Area of the Domus Romane• Parco archeologico del Colosseo, Foro Romano & Palatino • Parco archeologico del Colosseo, Foro Romano & Palatino - Colosseo (Anfiteatro Flavio)• Parco archeologico del Colosseo, Foro Romano & Palatino - Palatino e Foro Romano• Parco Archeologico dell'Appia Antica• Parco Archeologico dell'Appia Antica - Antiquarium Di Lucrezia Romana• Parco Archeologico dell'Appia Antica - Complesso di Capo di Bove• Parco Archeologico dell'Appia Antica - Mausoleo di Cecilia Metella e Castrum Caetani• Parco Archeologico dell'Appia Antica - Parco Delle Tombe Della Via Latina• Parco Archeologico dell'Appia Antica - Villa dei Quintili e Santa Maria Nova• Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica• Terme di Caracalla• Villa di Massenzio & Mausoleo di Romolo

Rome: Ostia Antica Guided Tour in German with Tickets

4. Rome: Ostia Antica Guided Tour in German with Tickets

We show you Ostia Antica, a once prosperous city with a direct view of the sea. You will experience the characteristic buildings of ancient city life with our German-speaking city guides. Entrance tickets and headsets are included in the price. - € 71 for adults aged 26 and over - € 59 for young people between the ages of 18 and 25 (please bring ID) - € 47 for children between 13 and 17 years - € 35 for children between 5 and 12 years under 4 years free. The tour ends in the archaeological park. From here you have the option to go back to Rome or one stop further to the beach of Ostia (Ostia Lido).

Ostia Antica Guided Tour with Local Archaeologist

5. 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.

Ostia Antica: Half-Day Tour

6. Ostia Antica: Half-Day Tour

Meet at the Ostiense Train Station and take the local train to the archaeological park. Today an evocative and well-preserved sprawl of ancient ruins, Ostia Antica was once Rome’s thriving port city and a bustling commercial center. Due to the fall of the Roman Empire, it was eventually abandoned and, as the river changed course, covered in silt and mud, which protected the city until it was later excavated. One of Ostia Antica’s most striking sights is the grand outdoor theater which hosted plays and even gladiator fights. See the Square of the Guilds, where ship owners and merchants tried to make their fortune. Just down the street are the public bath houses where people would lounge in pools, work out and clean themselves with olive oil. Walk to the House of Diana and see where the ancients laid their heads at night.  Your guide will reveal this ancient city and uncover its stories on an unforgettable journey back in time.

Rome: Day Trip to Ostia Antica with Optional Hotel Pickup

7. Rome: Day Trip to Ostia Antica with Optional Hotel Pickup

Our driver will pick you up from your centrally located hotel in Rome, and you'll reach Ostia, located just 30 km (18.6 miles) from Rome, without any stress. Ostia Antica was one of the most thriving Roman seaports during Julius Caesar's time, and its vast ruins still hold magnificent frescoes, marbles, and mosaics. Accompanied by your local guide, you'll explore the site's buildings, blocks of apartments, dwellings, huge statues, and even take a look inside Ostia Antica's theater, overlooking the Forum. Walk down the Decumanus Maximus and learn about the public baths. Reach the Baths of Neptune, where a stunning, almost-intact original mosaic of the God of the sea pulled by a four-horse chariot is on display. These baths contain an open-air palestra (i.e., gym). The archaeological excavations began in the early 19th century, bringing real treasures to life after the village stayed buried in rubble for over ten centuries. Let your imagination flow and feel like you're traveling back in time! This Ostia Antica Tour is the perfect half-day trip from Rome if you want to learn more about ancient Rome's architecture and the inhabitants' lifestyle, but you couldn’t make to the full day tour to Pompeii. At the end of the tour, our driver will take you back to Rome. Book now and get ready to dive deep into Roman history!

From Rome: Ostia Antica 4-Hour Guided Tour

8. 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 monuments of the Capitolium at the very heart of public life in the city. Enter the private houses of former citizens, and enjoy the green and pleasant surroundings. A restaurant and cafe is located inside the park for your convenience when you want a break from history!

Rome: Ostia Antica Private Van Tour with an Archaeologist

9. 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 fire. Immerse yourself in history and listen to your experienced guide share their wisdom of this fascinating place. Leave the busy city of Rome behind as you explore all the site’s highlights including the Cippus of Caninius, Bath of Neptune, Caupona, Castrum, Forum, Capitolium, Basilica, Temple of Rome and Augustus, and Bath of the Forum.

Rome: Ostia Antica Half Day Small Group Tour with Guide

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

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 modern times. Peak into ancient storefronts, and witness how the Romans managed to have complex systems bringing both hot and cold water into their buildings. This small-group tour gives you a deeper understanding of the network that helped foster the success of the iconic Roman Empire, and how this major trade site allowed Rome to feed its ever-increasing population. Ostia Antica is an archaeological wonder that will leave you educated and impressed, it is surely not a sight to be missed.

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Since the Roma Pass can be used for many attractions without queuing, this is a great advantage due to the number of visitors. Furthermore, the use of public transport with the Roma Pass is free of charge. The pick-up location at the train station was poorly described in the confirmation e-mail (platform 24)

Made all the sightseeing easier after getting the card. There was a little confusion about where to get the physical ticket but their help chat really helped a lot. If you are planning to use public transport, get this.

Great trip to Roman countryside on a nice spring / fall day. Learned a lot about the history of Antica. I felt like I was taken back in time.

No need to queue is the best feature of the Roma Pass and free choice of all modes of transport.

Great job! We visited Colloseum and the next outside museum for free.