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Well worth half a day. The excavations are very interesting and we were there almost by ourselves the guide spoke perfect English and was more than friendly and helpful. The excavations could fill an entire day but this seem to balance the time available to what you could comfortably see.
This tour is different as it allows you to get out of Rome and see what life was like outside the city. If your not into walking or cannot do extended walking on non flat surface as this is ancient and paths are dirt at times stone. Bring good walking shoes and don't bring shoes your not afraid to get dirty as the dust from the dirt paths was on shoes and pants. Our guide had a degree in architecture and teaching so information was detailed and interesting. At times the information was hard to retain as you are in ruins which had many layers of cultures living on the site. This dates back to before christ AD. Bring a daypack which has your essentials water bottle, wet-ones, towel or cloth for sweat. Weather in June is hot and this day no exception we did sweat so clothing should be light and absorbent and quick dry. Overall would recommend to anyone this tour who doesn't mind architecture and walking as I clocked 4.5 miles with my Nano.
This tour was interesting as it was outside of Rome and gave you a sense of life outside the city in ancient times. This tour is not for someone who has challenges with non flat surfaces as it is ancient and is made up of cobblestone or stones placed to make a path. Shoes should be good walking and not shoes your worried to dirty as it is dusty and at times a dirt path. Our tour guide had a degree in architecture and teaching and was very learnard in Greek and Roman history amongst others. Very informative but a lot of information and at one point overwhelming but if you enjoy architecture and can vision this as a working city then you will enjoy immensely. I would recommend this tour for those who don't mind a half day of walking as I clocked on my Nano 4.5 miles of walking. June was hot and if your smart you will bring a day pack with water and other provision such as wet ones or a towel to wipe the sweat as you will. Overall Viator does great thought out tours and this was what they pride themselves on. I would recommend but know it is walking and can be messy as dust was everywhere on my clothes but for me not a problem.
Fantastic tour, great organisation, saw lots, and the guides were very informative, and enthusiastic,
Great to get out of Rome for a few hours.The tour guide was very knowledgeable about the site and really made you feel as you were living that era. the site is larger than you think and you could easily spend most of the day there.
Well worth a visit
An amazing guide from greenlines georgio old professorlike man with amazing stories bringing back the life of ostia
Nice trip! Guide fantastic and Ancient Ostia a must when in Rome..
Fantastic - what a brilliant site and guide had so much knowledge.
Wonderful, interesting tour. Excellent guide who knew the history of the area well. Great time of day --- early in the morning on a Sunday, before the hordes of other tourists arrived. Added to my knowledge of Italy and Rome. Would have liked more time there, will need to return. Enjoyed ride to the site. Return a little longer than anticipated as folks dropped off at their hotels rather than the morning central meeting place.
Excellent guide who explained in detail all the history of this wonderful site!
We loved this tour. Our guide provided both fact and humor. It was all very interesting and just the right amount of time.
Being frequent visitors to Rome, we decided this time to visit the ancient port city of Ostia using this tour. Similar to what you see at Pompeii, but of course with a less dramatic history. Our guide, Giorgio, was an excellent and witty guide, who not only pointed out several aspects of the ruins military, commercial and residential, but wove into his presentation the operational and daily life of the Roman citizens who lived and worked there. The ampitheatre was a highlight. A most enjoyable experience.
Better ruins than Pompeii and only a tenth of the number of tourists. Some of the best mosaic's I have seen.
Michael L Australia
Excellent tour to a most interesting site. The guide was particularly knowledgeable on all aspects of the site.
These are some of the best ruins in Italy. I enjoyed it far more than Pompeii. The tour guide was anot archeologist and his knowledge was beyond what anyone could ask for.
Our tour guide Sara Napilantano (sp) was terrific. Her detailed knowledge of the Vatican and museum is incredible. Thank you Sara!
Excellent trip, with knowledgeable and helpful Georgio. While day trip with picnic could be even better, in summer heat the half day leaving at 8 am was a great compromise to see the main sights of Ostia but still have a reason to go back.
Excellent tour - with very small group and incredibly knowledgeable guide. Despite the heat we were enthralled with Ostia and all the stories that we were told.
We had an excellent tour of Ostia Antica. I am sorry I do not remember the name of our guide but he is a professor of archaeology. I was really overwhelmed with his knowledge and enjoyed the morning very much.
We went on the early morning tour which was the right decision as the afternoon temperatures, 23 degrees even in mid April, would have made the tour exhausting. It was fascinating,enhanced by our guide, Giorgio who has a vast knowledge of Roman history, and of the site itself...An archeologist he had been involved in the actual dig. He was not only informative, he brought the place alive for us.
This tour is fantastic. The ruins are equal to Pompeii. Our guide was an archaeologist who made the site come alive with his knowledge of the site and of the history of the area. It's a short drive from Rome and not to be missed.
A really wonderful half day tour. It started in the morning which meant we arrived in Ostia before almost anyone else. This makes a pleasant change from overcrowded Pompeii - and Ostia is a smaller more compact version of it really minus the brothel. Highlights include the mosaics and the fast food counter. Our tour guide Georgio ? was knowledgeable and relayed the history to the group with good humour and in a clear voice so everyone understood. Not as famous as Pompeii but more enjoyable.
Helena C USA
Giorgio was our tour guide and he is fantastic! We thoroughly enjoyed the tour and especially liked the historical aspects of the ancient city. We would recommend everyone who goes to Rome to take this tour because it really helps in understanding the Roman culture and how it developed.
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