As Rome expanded, it needed a bigger port so Ostia was abandoned. When the Roman Empire fell, Ostia became a ghost town - even the river moved away over time and Ostia became buried under river mud. This is what preserved it and leads some to now compare its preservation to that of Pompeii.
The best way to reach Ostia is on a tour (click the tour & tickets tab) or on a local train. Catch the metro to Piramide, which is also the Roma Porta San Paolo train station. Follow the signs to Lido, take the train (they only go in the one direction) and get off at Ostia-Antica. Then cross the sky-bridge and continue straight until you reach the parking lot: the entrance to Ostia Antica is on your left.
Tours & Tickets
If you want to see what real life was like in an ancient Roman town, visit the excavation at Ostia with our small-group tour (maximum 10 people). This tour ... Read more
Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)