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
Roundtrip train tickets between Rome and Ancient Ostia
Small group tour (maximum 25 people)
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks, unless specified
Departure & Return
Metro Stop ‘Piramide’
What To Expect
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.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Children under the age of 18 might be requested to show their ID card at the entrance of the site, so please bring it with you on the tour.
Not wheelchair accessible
Good walking shoes are recommended. The terrain can be rough at times. We also recommend bringing beachwear along for clients interested in visiting the beach of Ostia unaccompanied after the tour
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Roberto was a natural tour guide with a talent to bring the history of Ostia alive.This was a great half day excursion to see this amazingly preserved ancient port town.The size of the group was just right.A recommended trip for those who enjoy history.
This was an excellent trip to Ostia Antica and Angela was a brilliant guide - thoughtful, very knowledgeable, extremely friendly - she made the tour even more fascinating than this hidden treasure already is! Brilliant tour in spite of terrible weather!
This a Not to Miss part of Rome - tour guide was Angela who had a great knowledge of the site and history in general. Easy train trip to Ostia and enjoyable walk around the main parts far better than Pompeii Less tourists and better preserved ruins - then left to get the train back to Pyramid Station which was good so you could spend has much time after the tour walking around this wonderful site.
Our tour lady kindly gave a fellow tour person 10 euro after he found he had been pickpocket at Rome train station and left with no wallet which was such a generous thing to do.
Suggest when you get back to Pyramid station go across the road and visit the Non Cathoic Cemetery where Keats is buried
Laura is wonderful - knowledgeable, articulate, and very dedicated to her tour participants having a great experience. Our tour was in early September and the humidity was very high coupled with a fair amount of walking, and when some of us who are older become dragged out, she made sure we got a good break the cafeteria at the Ostia site has a lot to offer. Good short train ride, amazing ruins and mosaics, etc. Highly recommended!
Think we were in same group as Teoman D, if so, we would repeat the same comments and compliments! Asha our tour guide really made the difference with her vast knowledge, personality, wit, humor, and organization. She took the time to meet every member of the group individually (on the train ride) to get to know us. We took other tours with good tour guides but Asha definitely stands out on her own. Grazie mille Asha!
We decided on this tour after the Roman couple which gave us a pasta making class recommended it and after we did the usual tours of the Colosseum, Vatican etc. It turned out to be the highlight of our trip. I cannot overemphasize how spectacular a job Asha, our tour guide did. Her enthusiasm and knowledge were inspiring.
We were met at the Metro stop by her, given our train tickets and she herded our small group onto the train for a relatively short trip to Ostia Antica. The organization was superior. Once off the train, it is a short walk to the ancient site, where we started with the crematoria on the edge of the site and worked our way through a portion of the remainder of the site, which includes an amphitheater, bath houses, a forum, home sites, an area where the grain was grounded, where ancient ovens once resided, and the list goes on. I truly cannot give it justice but Asha sure could. Afterwards, you can stay as long as you want and catching the train back on your own is ridiculously simple. In many respects, this tour was better than the Colosseum/Vatican/Pantheon.
Asha, who is from Wales and was a History major, takes the time to answer all questions and her enthusiasm is really contagious. I not only would encourage every one who visits Rome to take this tour, but make sure you an have Asha as your tour guide!
Wow, loved this Tour! Ancient Ostia is so overlooked it's crazy. This place is a must for anyone, huge place and so well preserved. You could literally spend all day there, there's that much to see! Natasha our guide was amazing, very friendly, and made you feel welcome and a part of the group. Extremely knowledgeable, passionate and enthusiastic, you can tell she loves her job and that makes a big difference so thank you! She leaves you wanting more! Loved the experience, amazing place and would do it again for the whole day next time! Don't miss this Tour!!!
The ruins are quite interesting. There's a lot of walking, but it is worth it. It was great having earbuds. It would have been quite difficult to hear without them. Our guide was very knowledgeable. I'm really glad that I found this tour.
This tour was great and our tour guide Laura was exceptional! She was so knowledgeable and made the tour so fun! On the way back to Rome, she also talked to us about the rest of our trip and recommended places, restaurants, etc. that we needed to visit - she definitely went above and beyond. As for the actual ruins of Ostia Antica, it was amazing visiting and hearing the history of the ruins.
First of all compliments to the company. There was a train and bus drivers strike and in stead of cancelling the tour they made alternative plans to let the tour continue. Ostia was fascinating and I would recommend this tour to anybody but most of all to anybody with and interest in Roman history