Ancient Ostia Small Group Day Trip from Rome - Reviews

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glbrown77381

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

Paul

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!

Memavicky

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

Much walking,but extremely interesting our guide,Melanie,was terrific,great sense of humor,backed up with facts from Roman history.She really knows her stuff!Bring water,wear sunscreen,rest whenever you get a chance!

philip p

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

Great tour, the guide made it really interesting and a good alternative to Pompei.

Charles S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

Excellent tour of some very interesting ruins. You are right in there, walking where Romans from 200 AD walked, touching the same walls. The bath house technology was amazing. Easy train ride.Dimitri the Tour guide was incredibly knowledgable, interesting and funny. Not one of those cheesy tours.

scottseeley.s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

We loved this tour. It was very easy to get to from Rome. The history and stories we heard from our guide made a really cool place even more exciting.

emmakate2

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

Rebecca is a really passionate guide who made Ostia Antica come alive. I felt as though I'd stepped right into the world of the people of this ancient place. From the moment we met her Rebecca's gentle nature, intelligent and informative narrative and her willingness to answer our many questions made the trip absolutely memorable. She also walked at a very respectful pace for the general age of our group and to allow our curiosity for photos and inspection of the various aspects of the site.
This is a hidden gem and not something everyone knows about. I've certainly told all my friends! The timeframe was absolutely perfect for my limited time in Rome and it was a remarkable introduction to the time so long ago that was equivalent to Pompeii but without the need for a full day trip.
Thank you so much Rebecca - you provided a truly wonderful and incredibly interesting trip. Jenny O'Connell

iris.pinay

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

TIhis tour was only half a day - with the option to stay longer we travelled out by train. I stayed the full day - I was drawn into the site - the history was so alive I could almost 'see' the ancients. There were full hours when I saw no one! I walked to the end of the site - sitting here and there along the way to take it all in. If you want to 'feel' the history - go here.

Justin P N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

This was a great tour ! We did this with our 6 year old twins and even they were amazed at the history. The tour guide was AMAZING...very knowledgeable. It was extremely hot that day, so we stopped 30 mins before the end of the tour, had a nice lunch onsite, cooled down a little, and then went back out on our own to continue to visit. The site is very accessible, you can go into the ruins, we climbed and explored for a few hours. This was one of our favorite tours.

Justin P N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

This was a great tour ! We did this with our 6 year old twins and even they were amazed at the history. The tour guide was AMAZING...very knowledgeable. It was extremely hot that day, so we stopped 30 mins before the end of the tour, had a nice lunch onsite, cooled down a little, and then went back out on our own to continue to visit. The site is very accessible, you can go into the ruins, we climbed and explored for a few hours. This was one of our favorite tours.

Christopher R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

Despite the tremendous heat during our visit, the side trip to Ostia was an excellent way to get away from the crowds of Rome and see some impressive nearby ruins. Our guide, Melanie, did an amazing job of painting a picture of what life and the port city of Ostia must have been like over 2000 years ago. She was so knowledgeable and passionate about what we were seeing that she even kept our 8 year-old's interest during the entire tour. It was just a quick train ride from the meeting point in downtown Rome, and you have the option to spend more time exploring the site after the tour, which we probably would have done if we weren't ready to head back to cool off at the hotel for a bit.
Very few visitors even during the height of tourist season, so you feel like you have the place to yourself. I couldn't imagine doing it without a tour guide, and we were lucky to get such a good one.

Karen B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

This was fabulous! HIghly recommend!

Robert B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2017

Rebecca was a fantastic guide and the trip and experience was amazing. We went to the C Columbo beach and had lunch after the tour. Its a quick and easy trip back to where you came from. We recommend the trip highly if youbare doing a deepndive into Rome

Alan E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2017

Laura made the tour outstanding , she has a deep knowledge of Roman History and is very simpatico.

Mitch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2017

WOW! This was just awesome. Better than Pompeii and right off the train. Our guide, Roberto, was just amazing. He truly made history come alive. He was not only very knowledgable, he was also extremely personable and made our tour a once in a lifetime experience. We had a poor experience with a previous City Wonders Tour guide and, had we not already had this tour pre-booked, we may not have gone with them again. But, Roberto changed out tune. Would highly recommend the site and especially the guide. Well done City Wonders.

Jonathan L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2017

This is a must do experience for anyone visiting Rome that has time to see more than just the historic city center. The tour guide was extremely kowledgeable, and Ostia is an amazing site.

Rebecca L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2017

Our tour guide, Dimetri, was very knowledgeable in the culture of the ancient Romans and the particulars of this archaeological site. He was entertaining and provided differing perspectives of this ancient port - the perspectives of the traders and the merchants, the tradesmen and the sailors and the workers/slaves were represented in his commentary about the site. You absolutely will get a lot more out of your visit with a guide. Both my husband and I are really glad we took this tour.

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