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Ostia Antica Guided Tour with Local Archaeologist

1. 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.

Rome: Ostia Antica Half Day Small Group Tour with Guide

2. 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.

Ancient Ostia Guided Walking Tour

3. 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.

Rome: Ostia Antica Private Guided Tour

4. Rome: Ostia Antica Private Guided Tour

Discover the preserved archaeological remains of Ostia Antica, founded in the 4th century BC, and once home to more than 100,000 Roman citizens. Visit one of the largest sites in the world, second only to the excavations of Pompeii. Discover this Roman city through the places that characterize it, and the stories and anecdotes related to it. See the remains of taverns, thermal baths, warehouses, and theaters, and walk the main Decumanus Maximus. Get an idea of what Roman cities were like at that time, how they lived, and what they did every day. You will live a "real day in ancient Rome."

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 the Capitol and the Temple of Rome and Augustus. Near the Forum square you will see the House of Diana and Termopolio, a kind of ancient Roman bar with a marble counter and a fresco depicting the foods sold in local time. Afterwards, you will continue to the end of Via dei Paintings to reach the Ostiense Museum, where you can admire an exhibition of ancient mosaics and sculptures found in the ruins.

Rome: Ostia Antica Private Van Tour with an Archaeologist

6. 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.

Ostia Antica: Half-Day Tour

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

8. 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, the forum, the House of Diana, and more.

Ancient Ostia: 3-Hour Private Tour

9. Ancient Ostia: 3-Hour Private Tour

The city of Ostia was an ancient Roman Harbor that played an important role in the rise of the Roman Empire. Wander through the ancient roads, far from the bustle of modern Rome, and learn about the different ages of Roman History through the buildings of this city.  Walk through the Porta Romana, one of the main gates of the city, and visit the Thermal Bath of Neptune to admire its elaborate mosaics. Feel the history in the Roman Theater and enjoy an imaginary drink at the Thermopolium, the ancient Roman Restaurant where visitors could spend their time while in the city. After the tour, travelers have the option of exploring the vast site on their own or enjoying a cold drink in the Café.

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, stopping for lunch at your own expense. At the end of the tour, sit back, relax and enjoy your short drive back to your hotel in Rome. The duration of your tour is about 7 hours and you can expect to be back at your hotel around 16:00, depending on local traffic.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 100 reviews

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!

Our guide , Alexis, obviously loves sharing his knowledge about Ostia Antica and Italy as well. Covered the very beginning of the port city from early Roman period through Mussolini and current dig sites. Despite the cold and wind. it was a fascinating walking tour.

What a fabulous day learning so much about ancient Ostia and Roman life from Leo. We ended up just being two on the tour and it was so wonderful to get to ask questions and be directed through the site—without a guide we would have missed so much.

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

Beautiful and valid experience Alex our guide very prepared person who made me interested in everything he described to me.