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  • Location:Rome, Italy
  • Duration:4 to 4.5 hours

Ancient Ostia Small Group Day Trip from Rome

Escape to Ostia Antica and see why experts are calling it "The Better Pompeii". It is just a step away from Rome and you'll travel in a personalized small group with maximum 25 people! The perfect half day trip from Rome for those seeking to learn more about ancient Roman ruins but do not have time to travel to Pompeii.


  • Half-day Ostia Antica tour from Rome
  • 2.5-hour walking tour of Ostia's immaculate ruins
  • Much better preserved ruins than Rome or Pompeii
  • See Ostia's Amphitheatre, Forum of the Corporations, Collegiate Temple and public baths
  • Professionally guided tour
  • Train tickets included

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Ancient Ostia Small Group Day Trip from Rome

Ancient Ostia Small Group Day Trip from Rome

The beautifully preserved ruins of Ancient Ostia were founded in the 4th century BC and were once inhabited by over 100,000 people. Ancient Ostia is commonly referred to as "The Better Pompeii" due to the astonishing, highly-preserved condition of its buildings. Structures include taverns, baths, apartments, groceries and theatres - and their intact state so strikingly exceeds that of the Roman Forum, Imperial Forum and Pompeii, that it seems a misnomer to call them 'ruins'.

Walk the main street, the Decumanus Maximus, while your tour guide brings the stones around you to life. The Roman statues that line the walkways are in such perfect condition you'll feel as though you are walking amongst the ancient Romans themselves! You'll even be enticed to take a dip in the Baths of Neptune, which are crowned by a impressively intact mosaic of the sea god being drawn by a four horse chariot. And if you are a theatre fan, you'll enjoy Ancient Ostia's amphitheatre ' whose structure is still so stable that you will be able to take your place in the stands as 3,500 Roman spectators once did back in 12BC when it was first constructed.

Your fluent English speaking tour guide takes care of all train tickets and making sure you everyone gets off at the right stop. All entrance tickets are included and all of the major sites will be covered in a 2.5 hour leisurely walk through the ruins - including but not limited to Ostia's Amphitheatre, Forum of the Corporations, the Collegiate Temple, the public tavern and public baths.

Note, walking tour is 2.5 hours. The complete duration is 4 hours with train trip to and from Ancient Ostia.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Excellent day trip full of history and information regarding the early Roman settlement. A must see if in Rome or the area.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent - so interesting and our guide - wonderful!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The guide Giogi??? was just wonderful! She was well versed on archaeology and a funny. We really enjoyed her tour last Sunday Sept 13th

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Really enjoyed it. Good info and the trip moved right along.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Very good tour, it was nice to get out of the city for a bit. The area is huge, definitely not for people who have trouble walking. You really got a sense of how it would have been in ancient times.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

You need an escape from the hustle and bustle of Rome. This trip was peaceful, unhurried and interesting.
Our guide Nikolai was a local, had an informative but not overloading style and was a really nice guy.
The cafe on site is good and reasonably priced.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This was an excellent tour with an extremely knowledgeable guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Found this tour on Viator and highly recommend it. The guide, Rebecca, was extremely knowledgeable and and she took the time to explain things and answer questions. The tour gave an overview of the daily life in ancient Roman times and was one of the highlights of our trip. As it was a very hot day, Rebecca was also very mindful of the conditions. In all, an informative and fun day.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Mike was an excellent guide who shared insights into historical significance of what we were seeing.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Rebecca was by far the best tour guide, and Ostia is AMAZING!!! We also took the train to the beach for the second half of the day...this was our favorite for Rome!!!

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