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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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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 November 2015

We loved this tour. Our guide provided both fact and humor. It was all very interesting and just the right amount of time.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Being frequent visitors to Rome, we decided this time to visit the ancient port city of Ostia using this tour. Similar to what you see at Pompeii, but of course with a less dramatic history. Our guide, Giorgio, was an excellent and witty guide, who not only pointed out several aspects of the ruins military, commercial and residential, but wove into his presentation the operational and daily life of the Roman citizens who lived and worked there. The ampitheatre was a highlight. A most enjoyable experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Better ruins than Pompeii and only a tenth of the number of tourists. Some of the best mosaic's I have seen.

Michael L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Excellent tour to a most interesting site. The guide was particularly knowledgeable on all aspects of the site.

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


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