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From Rome: Ostia Antica 4-Hour Guided Tour

1. 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

2. 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.

From Rome: Ostia Antica Ruins

3. 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

4.7 / 5

based on 92 reviews

I highly recommend this tour with this company while in Rome.

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

A nice and skilled guide who knew a lot about the place and the history in general. He was really good at answering our questions. A really nice trip which can be highly recommended!

Educated knowledgeable guide. Very small group. Very good indeed. Only thing that could be improved is the meeting spot at Piramide metro. It was a bit dodgy waiting there.

Best Guided Tour Outside of Rome

Valeria was an excellent guide & so knowledgeable. We loved getting away from the crowds & enjoyed a bit of history. Ostia is so well preserved.

Excellent!

The private tour was relaxed and very informative. Our guide was exceptional! Definitely a must see and worth every penny.!