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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."

From Rome: Ostia Antica 4-Hour Guided Tour

5. 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!

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: Immersive Underground and Piazzas Tour

7. 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 the skies with the gods. From the Pantheon to the Secret Bath of Neptune you will have just the time to take a breath before entering into the Basilica of Neptune, built in Rome by Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa in honor of Neptune. Next, travel to the Trevi Fountain and throw a coin in the water, adhering to tradition. Following the fountain, you'll enter into the subterranean world of Vicus Caprarius, also known as the City of Water. In this underground archaeological area of Vicus Caprarius you will find an intricate labyrinth of ancient remains: the remains of a domus of the imperial era; the castellum aquae of the Aqua Virgo aqueduct.

From Rome: Ostia Antica Ruins

8. 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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What people are saying about Ostia Antica

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 29 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.