A visit to Ostia Antica is essential for understanding an ancient Roman
city and its everyday life. Known by some as “the poor man's Pompeii,”
Ostia Antica is a great way to see an entire Roman city, deserted since
late antiquity though superbly preserved at the height of the empire,
without having to travel too far from the Italian capital. Actually
Ostia Antica is probably better preserved than Pompeii and it certainly
doesn't have the same crowds visiting it. Ostia means mouth and this
is the mouth of the Tiber River during the second century AD, where the
coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea stood, about 15 miles from Rome.
During your visit you will see lots of points of interest that unravel
a vibrant day in a ancient Roman city: the Decumanus Maximus (main axis
of the town); well articulated roads; apartment blocks; boutiques under
arcades; domus dwellings; warehouses, bakeries, and barracks; the
ancient Piazza del Foro; temples dedicated to Roman gods and Oriental
cults; an amphitheatre that is still in use today; some splendid
mosaics and interior frescoes, and more mundane things like graffiti
and the public loos! Most importantly we will see a how the Romans
lived at the height of their empire in a snap shot of late antiquity
We use public transport to take you to the ancient Roman port - your
guide will be able to tell you about the Rome underground and show you
how to use the service. You will then have three hours to enjoy a
leisurely walk around the ruins of the ancient port of Ostia before a
lunch break and then back with your guide to the centre of Rome.
Duration: 5 hours (including round-trip travel)
Groups are 4-10 people. Your guide will speak fluent English and have
a very high level of qualification and expertise.
Meeting point: Italywithus Welcome Centre - see map here.
Start time: 9am Wednesday Mornings
Duration: 5 hours
Transport: Public, with Guide
Meeting point: ItalyWithUs Welcome Centre
- see map
Start time: 9am Wednesdays
Walking Tour + Public Transport
Time: 5 hours incl travel
If you have special requirements, please contact us as early as possible to see if we can accommodate your needs. Email us or call +39 06 3972 3051
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