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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.

Highlights

  • 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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What You Can Expect

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

JOSEPH C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Red-haired Rebecca was superb!!

Michael C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was probably one of the best days we spent in Rome! Our guide, Rebecca 'Antica', was very knowledgeable and made the experience that much more enjoyable. The tour was well organized and went off with out a hitch. I would HIGHLY recommend this tour, especially if Rebecca is your guide.

degobear

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Rebecca, our guide was FANTASTIC! She was a true pro and herded our group with care and energy from start to finish. This tour is one of the best I have been on in years and well worth the time to experience the best ruins of Roman history.

Paul G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Fantastic trip by train out to the ancient port of Rome. We made our own way back, easy enough and ended up spending the whole day at the site. It is huge! The guide was excellent and showed us the best of the site, but we wanted to wander around on our own at the end. I would say that if you are into History, this is a don't miss trip.

Paul G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Fantastic trip by train out to the ancient port of Rome. We made our own way back, easy enough and ended up spending the whole day at the site. It is huge! The guide was excellent and showed us the best of the site, but we wanted to wander around on our own at the end. I would say that if you are into History, this is a don't miss trip.

Alexandra N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This tour was excellent - the guide was very knowledgable and informative and Ostia itself is stunning and parts of it were incredibly well preserved. A must-see when visiting Rome.

JeJoria

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Our wonderful guide, Rebecca, met us at the train station and led our group out to Ostia. When there she gave us an incredible tour. It was almost as if she lived there at one time! Ostia is a fascinating place, an ancient seaport of Rome, as large as Pompei and better preserved. Rebecca was the perfect guide for this tour, and while there were over two dozen people in our group, you felt that it was a personal tour, given by a close friend who just might happened to be a college professor. This was an incredible tour and easily worth a half day to see. The fact that it is only a half-hour by train from central Rome makes it all the easier to get to. If you are interested in ancient Rome, this is a must do. And if you have Rebecca as a guide, all the better.

laurabertolo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

What can i say other than our tour guide Rebecca made this ancient city to come to life. You can definitely tell she loves her job and this site. We are so glad we booked this tour and i would highly recommend this over Pompei. just 30 minutes outside of Rome. Very well preserved and incredible to see what the Romans created thousands of years ago. Book it, you will not be disappointed. Hopefully, you'll be lucky enough to get Rebecca as well!

Karen W

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.

Amanda T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent - so interesting and our guide - wonderful!

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