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  • Location:Rome, Italy
  • Duration:4 hours (approx.)

Ancient Ostia Half-Day Trip from Rome

Follow the sea road to Imperial Rome's historic port at Ostia on a half-day morning tour. It takes only 30 minutes to reach Ostia Antica, at the mouth of the Tiber river, and you'll have plenty of time to explore the wonderfully preserved ruins. The ruins are convenient, compact and shady, and provide a tantalizing glimpse into daily life in ancient Rome.


  • Half-day morning tour to Ostia from Rome
  • Explore the well-maintained ruins of Rome's former port city
  • Offers an uncrowded experience of ancient Rome in miniature
  • Exhibits at the Ostia museum
  • Expert local guide
  • Pickup from centrally located Rome hotels

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What You Can Expect

Ancient Ostia Half-Day Trip from Rome

The gate of the ruins in Ostia Antica

Ostia was Rome's flourishing trade and business center, until the port was abandoned following the Barbarian invasions. The archaeological excavations undertaken at the beginning of the 14th century have brought the ancient city back to life. During your walk through the ruins your guide will provide enlightening insights into the cultural and social life of this historic settlement.

Your visit to Ostia Antica (ancient Ostia) starts at Via delle Tombe, which leads you to the Porta Romana, one of the city's three gates. This is the beginning of the Decumanus Maximus, the main thoroughfare that crosses the city from north-east to south-west.

You will then arrive at the Terme di Nettuno, where you can admire the beautiful black and white mosaics representing Neptune and Amphitrite, the theatre built by Agrippa, and the Forum which formed the center of the city. Here you will discover the main public buildings, Il Capitolium, the temple of Rome and Augustus, the Basilica and the large thermal baths.

Near the Forum square you will also find the House of Diana and the Thermopolium, an ancient Roman bar with a marble counter and a fresco depicting the fruit and foodstuffs that were sold there. At the end of Via dei Dipinti, a museum displays some of the ancient sculptures unearthed at Ostia.

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Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

These are some of the best ruins in Italy. I enjoyed it far more than Pompeii. The tour guide was anot archeologist and his knowledge was beyond what anyone could ask for.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Our tour guide Sara Napilantano (sp) was terrific. Her detailed knowledge of the Vatican and museum is incredible. Thank you Sara!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent trip, with knowledgeable and helpful Georgio. While day trip with picnic could be even better, in summer heat the half day leaving at 8 am was a great compromise to see the main sights of Ostia but still have a reason to go back.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Excellent tour - with very small group and incredibly knowledgeable guide. Despite the heat we were enthralled with Ostia and all the stories that we were told.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

We had an excellent tour of Ostia Antica. I am sorry I do not remember the name of our guide but he is a professor of archaeology. I was really overwhelmed with his knowledge and enjoyed the morning very much.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Very interesting - excellent guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

We went on the early morning tour which was the right decision as the afternoon temperatures, 23 degrees even in mid April, would have made the tour exhausting. It was fascinating,enhanced by our guide, Giorgio who has a vast knowledge of Roman history, and of the site itself...An archeologist he had been involved in the actual dig. He was not only informative, he brought the place alive for us.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

This tour is fantastic. The ruins are equal to Pompeii. Our guide was an archaeologist who made the site come alive with his knowledge of the site and of the history of the area. It's a short drive from Rome and not to be missed.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

A really wonderful half day tour. It started in the morning which meant we arrived in Ostia before almost anyone else. This makes a pleasant change from overcrowded Pompeii - and Ostia is a smaller more compact version of it really minus the brothel. Highlights include the mosaics and the fast food counter. Our tour guide Georgio ? was knowledgeable and relayed the history to the group with good humour and in a clear voice so everyone understood. Not as famous as Pompeii but more enjoyable.

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