• Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
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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

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 January 2018

Ostia Antica is one of the most overlooked archaeological sites for Americans. We have been to Herculaneum and Pompei in the past and although impressive, Ostia Antica is equal to or better than both. You meet your guide at the Pyramid stop on the Metro. Board the train for the site. Walk about 1/2 mile to the entrance and the spend about 3 hours with your guide in the site. Very easy walking in the site. My wife and I are both 70 and had little trouble getting around. After the tour you may remain on your own, take the train to the beach or return to the city. Your train ticket is included and can be used to return to the city. If you return on your own the train only goes to the beach or the city. Can't get lost.

This is a place you do not want to miss. You may be the only one of your friends that has been here. Our guide was from Canada, well versed in what was important, and of course spoke perfect English. What a wonderful day.

susie United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

This was a really cool tour. Our tour guide was excellent. The ruins had so many different looks. Mosaics were awesome. A short train ride and we were out in the country. We could have stayed all day but we had another tour.

Susanne R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Highly recommend this informative and entertaining tour to a lesser known/visited part of Ancient Rome

Elizabeth P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Was a wonderful experience! Would go again! Be prepared for some walking :

michael e

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

I think this was the best tour that I have been on. The guide was great I am sorry I can't remember her name She was so knowledgeable and made everything so real. I can't speak highly enough about the day. Ostia is a must for any visitor to Rome


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

This was one incredible outing - Ancient Ostia Small Group Day Trip from Rome. Our tour guide, Rebecca old Rebecca!, rebbri, was the best we have had on our 4-week self-tour of Italy. The tempo of the tour, the commuter train to Ostia, the walk around Ostia to see the highlights of the ancient ruins, the return trip to Rome, all went off flawlessly. Her descriptions of sights both on the way to Ostia and within the ancient ruins were fascinating and entertaining. She read her group perfectly mixing humor and history. We couldn't have received a better description of this fabulous site. I look at the photos and marvel at the detail I can recall thanks to her. The Amphitheater, the dozen of original 2,000-year-old mosaic floors of the shops in the old port, the baths, the remnants of multi-story apartment buildings and even an old snack bar...INCREDIBLE. It was all brought to life by Rebecca. To be honest, this was not on our original list of things to see, but many people recommended the site. We are so glad we made this tour. As we were to make our way across Rome, she provided us with recommendations for lunch and for that we were grateful. We ate well before the afternoon tour of the Borgeshe. Thanks, Rebecca and CityWonders.

Tee B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Our guide Roberto was amazing. He was so kind, funny, and knowlegeable. He answered all our questions and kept us laughing.
We learned so much. Ostia is beautiful and I loved seeing all the ruins. You definitely need a guide on this tour, because you would not know what you were looking at nor the history behind it. We took the train back to Rome with Roberto, and he so gracioulsy made sure we knew where to catch the train back to our hotel. I highly recommend this tour.

Nancy E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Was one of the highlights of our visit to Rome. Great to have as much time as we wanted after our guide finished.

Roger B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Extremely interesting and a hidden gem amongst the many tourist attractions on offer in Rome. Rebecca, our guide explained everything so well and passionately brought the ancient city to life - in our imaginations at least. We loved Rebecca's insights and stories. As the tour was only half a day, we had limited time, but it was enough to learn about and appreciate this beautiful and extensive archaeological site. We would absolutely recommend this tour to anyone who has an interest in Ancient Rome and the links between Ostia and Rome. Rebecca was an excellent guide and such a bonus.

Stephen C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

A wonderful excursion by a great guide. Viator never leaves me down!

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