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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

Frances W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This was an exceptional tour. Great guide, Rebecca. She was very knowledgable and had a great way of telling the stories. She was passionate about Ostia and we benefitted from that passion. Would go on other tours with her again. The small group was nice also. Well done. Thankyou

Daniel S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

The tour was very smooth. All transfers worked out fine. The tour guide Emilio was very knowledgable and gave a great tour. He was an excellent guide and I learned so much from him. The tour was well planned out and I am glad my agent recommended viator. I recommend Emilio highly.

Frances W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This is well worth the trip. The guide was superb, very knowledgable and passionate about her work. We learnt heaps about this site and would do this tour again. It was early in the season so there were very few others there. I liked the small group experience.


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.


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.

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.


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.


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!

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