5 star rating: Highly Recommended 206 Reviews

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

This site is incredible! We were disappointed that we would not be able to see Pompeii, but we think we had a better experience in Ostia. We met our guide at the train station and after 30 minutes found ourselves in this ancient city of amazing structures. This was an entire community with a port, stores, temples, baths, a theater, and other public buildings. Everything was there to help us imagine the scope of this place. The added bonus was that most tourists haven't discovered it yet and it wasn't crowded. Our guide Gio helped bring Ostia to life. And we were back in Rome for lunch.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Wow!! What an amazing tour. Our guide Rebecca was FANTASTIC! Her knowledge was outstanding and her passion was infectious. By the time we all left we had a love for Ostia and Roman history.Thank you Rebecca for making our tour so special.Would definitely recommend this tour and ask for Rebecca!

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