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Ancient Ostia (Ostia Antica)
Ancient Ostia (Ostia Antica), one of the best-preserved archaeological sites in Italy, was once a thriving port city of roughly 100,000 inhabitants conquered by Rome. As the Roman empire expanded, its capital city needed a larger port, and Ostia was eventually abandoned and buried under silt as the course of the Tiber River changed. This layer of mud protected the ancient Roman town from the ravages of time. It is considered by some to be the “better Pompeii."

The Basics
There are a number of important sights in the Ostia Antica archaeological park, including the necropolis, the Baths of Neptune, the amphitheater, the Forum, the Collegiate Temple, and Via Casa di Diana, a main street lined with original apartment buildings and taverns. Given the historical importance of the port city and the collection in its archaeological museum, visiting on a private tour with in-depth explanation adds another layer to any experience. If visiting with kids, consider booking a family-friendly, small-group guided tour. The site is most often visited on half-day tours from Rome.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Bring a hat and sunblock as the archaeological park is outdoors and the area gets hot in summer. 
  • Ancient Ostia is quite close to Rome, making a half-day tour an easy side trip.
  • It takes about 2.5 hours to visit the archaeological park with a guide on foot, so wear comfortable clothes and shoes.

How to Get There
If not taking an Ostia tour that includes transportation from Rome, the best way to reach Ostia Antica is by train. Take Rome's metro to the Piramide stop, which is also the Roma Porta San Paolo train station. Follow the signs to Lido, and take a train to Ostia Antica.

When to Get There
Ancient Ostia can get hot midday in summer. From June to October, visit in the early morning or late afternoon to beat the heat. No matter when you go, keep in mind that the site is outside—dress accordingly.

Visiting Ostia Beach
Modern Ostia, near the Ostia Antica site, is a popular resort town that’s perfect for a beach break. Visit the archaeological ruins in the cool morning hours, then relax on one of the town's beaches in the afternoon.
Address: Viale dei Romagnoli 717, Ostia Antica 00119, Italy
Hours: Open Tues - Sun 8:30am - 4:30pm and from 6pm-7pm
Admission: Adults: € 8
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Ancient Ostia Half-Day Trip from Rome

Head out of Rome to Ostia, an incredible area of ancient ruins where the Eternal City meets the sea, on this half-day morning tour. Just 30 minutes from the center of Rome, Ostia offers well-preserved ruins and tranquility away from the Italian capital. The ruins are convenient, compact and shady, and provide a tantalizing glimpse into daily life in ancient Rome.
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Ancient Ostia Small-Group Day Trip from Rome by Train

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. Travel to and from the site by train, and then take a 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.
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Relive the Ancient Ostia: Half-Day Tour from Rome

Feel like you’ve traveled back in time at the remarkably well-preserved ruins of the Ancient Ostia. Sometimes referred to as ‘The Better Pompeii,’ this archaeological complex features remains of a once-glorious Roman city including baths, taverns, homes marketplaces and a striking amphitheater. On this half-day tour, travel in an air-conditioned minivan with a small group and learn about the Ostia’s fascinating history on a guided tour.
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