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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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Fascinated by the ancient shopping precinct and the ancient restaurant - so similar in layout to current pubs. Great to be able to continue to explore at own rate and return to Rome when you are ready rather than be rushed through the tour.

Marilyn L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Our guide, whose name I unfortunately have forgotten, was wonderful. He was on time to meet us and the tour was really informative. We liked the small group--there were 6 of us--and the flexibility of having our return train ticket so we could return to Rome whenever we chose, not necessarily at the end of the tour. Ostia was not overrun with other tourists, so it allowed us to explore and look without fighting the crowds that we encountered on tours in Rome. I really recommend a camera and comfortable shoes. The surfaces are very uneven and because we were there after a rainy night, there were lots of puddles to get around. I highly recommend this tour!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Wonderful tour! Our guide, Mike, was very professional, he gave us a lot of informations, and also told us very good jokes. It was a very pleasant morning.
In the afternoon we went to the see! Very nice and October near the sea.
Worth a visit!!

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Jennifer A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

We had a wonderful visit to Ostia Antica with Ahmed. He was very knowledgeable and interesting. Really felt that we got so much more out of the trip with him. The tour was well organized and paced perfectly. Ahmed was very accommodating and helpful to all in the group. The visit was like a stroll with a professor. Recommend Ahmed and this tour highly.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Excellent Trip. Our guide was very informative and the trip itself was relaxing and we learned a lot. Ostia is a small Pompeii and did not have the crowds which made it lovely.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

excellent trip,great guide.very interesting site.early morning trip,the site was lovely and good as pompei,another insight into the outstanding roman empire!

Jelena P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Better then Pompeii. No crowds and a great guide..

Jeannette D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great tour guide. Better than Pompeii. Thank you for an awesome day!

Matthew R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

I really enjoyed visiting this lesser known ancient town. Our guide was Rebecca and she was very friendly and answered all our questions, and you could tell she enjoyed interacting with us and having a conversation not just repeating facts. She really made the tour special. The tour covers the best of the bulk of the town, and Rebecca had good advice on what we could see if we stayed after the tour. It is also a nice touch that this tour meets you in Rome and gets you on and off the right train at the right stops. I would definitely recommend this tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Excellent trip , very well preserved situs , interesting and usefull information from the guide,
Mike , an american living in Italy , so native english speaker .

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