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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

Ronald M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

One of the best kept secrets in Italy was brought to life by our outstanding guide Rebecca. She was very knowledgeable, attentive to our needs and made the trip both interesting and educational. In some ways, we thought Ostia matched or surpassed Pompeii.

Ann T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We signed up at the last minute and could not have been more pleased. Amit was a fantastic guide

Brigitte L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Rebecca was our top-notch tour guide for this morning excursion a bit outside of Rome. A lovely, articulate, and congenial guide who, as a native to eastern USA has lived in Rome for some years after studying in Spain. Her multi-lingual skills, bright, and yet down-to-earth presentation related well to the diverse personalities of our group. Rebecca's special insights to history, human nature, and art, brought Ostia Antica to life while we walked through that historic site.Grateful, too, for her fine suggestion for a stop at St. Paolo's Basilica on our way back to Rome. If there's a next time for us in Rome, we'll ask for Rebecca!! Good job... thanks Viator, and City Wonders. You picked a winner!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great trip.
As usual the guide provided by Citywonders, Ahmed, was excellent.
All English speaking guides spoke very clearly.

Amy E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Excellent. Another City Wonders tour guide.

Tracy R New Zealand

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Loved this tour. Our tour guide was very informative. Lots to see. Worth the money, great date out.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great tour of a wonderfully preserved Roman Colony! No crowds and amazing sights. A must if you have finished seeing the sights in Rome!

Vickie T Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

great day !

Angela R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Our amazing tour guide, Rebecca, gave such great information and answered all of our questions. She is truly one of the best guides we had, and we had several. I highly recommend that you take this tour with a guide because there is not a lot of signage and you'll end up just wandering around wondering what you're looking at. Ostia itself is very well preserved, and a tranquil, beautiful trip right outside of Rome much closer than Pompeii, and in our opinion, better!

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