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Tour code: 3731OSTIA
Visit the ruins of Ostia Antica on this tour from Rome. Sometimes known as ‘the better Pompeii’ for the excellent preservation status of its buildings, forums and artwork, Ostia Antica is an archaeological site that was once the port city of Ancient Rome. You’ll travel to and from the site by train, and then take a 2.5-hour walking tour of the ruins with a guide. Be wowed by the intact condition of ancient structures such as the amphitheater, Baths of Neptune, taverns and more.  


  • 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

Your tour starts at a meeting location in Rome, where you’ll meet your guide, who provides your round-trip train ticket. Then hop aboard the train for the ride southwest of Rome to Ostia Antica, which lies near the coast.

When you arrive, take a 2.5-hour leisurely walking tour through the ancient ruins, noting their highly preserved state for which this archaeological site is so renowned. Dating as far back as the 4th century BC, the ruins include structures like an amphitheater, the Forum of the Corporations, the Collegiate Temple, taverns and public baths. Once home to more than 100,000 people, Ostia was the port city of Ancient Rome.

Walk along the main road, Decumanus Maximus, while your guide tells you stories about life in town. Admire the intact Roman statues that line the walkways; pass by the Baths of Neptune, crowned by a mosaic that depicts the Roman god of the sea behind a 4-hourse chariot; and take a seat in the amphitheater, which dates back to 12 BC and was built to hold 3,500 spectators. Shops and apartments make up some of the smaller buildings.

When your time at the site is up, you’ll return to Rome by train.  

Customer Reviews

Vickie T Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

great day !

Angela R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Our amazing tour guide, Rebecca, gave such great information and answered all of our questions. She is truly one of the best guides we had, and we had several. I highly recommend that you take this tour with a guide because there is not a lot of signage and you'll end up just wandering around wondering what you're looking at. Ostia itself is very well preserved, and a tranquil, beautiful trip right outside of Rome much closer than Pompeii, and in our opinion, better!

Jorge C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

I would recommend the tour. Wonderful guide she was very friendly and keen to help or advise. The tour was a great mix of history and fun



5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Amanda was our tour guide and she did an amazing job bringing Ostia to life for us. I hope more people go to see this site and learn about the business end of Ancient Rome.

Alistair M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was a very interesting tour .
Our guide Amanda was very knowledgable and made it an enjoyable experience.
Highly recommended.

Roger W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was excellent. The guide was a British archeologist, who spends most of the year in Rome. She was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic, and explained things very well. Ostia Antica archeological site gives a fascinating glimpse into the past. Even if you are only a short time in Rome, this place is worth a visit, as it is an easy local train journey. It was one of the highlights of our second holiday in Rome.

Jeremy T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

I absolutely loved the tour to Ostia. The ruins are incredible, and our guide did a fantastic job bringing them to life thanks to her knowledge and passion for the area. My favorite aspect of the tour was that it had a very relaxed feel despite also covering a lot of ground and seeing lots of ruins over just a few short hours. I think the location of the ruins outside the city had a lot to do with that. Make sure you have a camera, because there's lots of great picture opportunities here.

Myki S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The tour was wonderful. So many amazing sites, which were brought to life by our fabulous tour guide, Amanda. She really took us back in time, to give us an understanding of Roman life in this ancient city. It was definitely a highlight of our time in Rome.

James S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was a delight. The guide was superb and escorted us from Rome to the site by train. Then he guided us around the site with great descriptions and a good sense and feel for the importance of this place. The small group makes it intimate and the guide is describing Rome and Ostia from the time you meet, on the train and at the site. He left us to make our own way back on the train using tickets he provided. You can stay at the site for as long as you want and this contributes to a stress free and relaxed atmosphere. If you can't get to Pompeii, do this tour and like me, you'll enjoy it more because this site is much quieter because it less well known. Again City Wonders did a great job.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

One of our favourites. So much still unexplored here. We stayed with our guide to the end, but as your train ticket lets you return when you want we took full advantage of being here. We explored Ostia on our own and saw even more amazing artifacts and ruins. Then we went into Antica and explored the modern city and castle fortress there. Then the beach and home. It's worth it.

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