Why do the long haul down to Pompeii and Herculaneum, when you have this wonderful alternative right here? A 30 minutes hop on a car or on the commuter train to Ostia, a beach town just outside Rome, brings you to Ostia Antica (Ancient Ostia), the impressively preserved port of the ancient city. After entering the site through Porta Romana, you walk down the Decumanus Maximus, the site’s central strip, which runs over 1 km.
Decumanus Maximus leads through the site to Terme di Nettuno (Baths of Neptune), a steeply stacked amphitheatre (still used for plays and concerts during the summer months), a forum where trade guilds’ emblems appear on spectacular floor mosaics, houses with first floors still partially intact, remains of the Capitolium, a temple built by Hadrian.
For centuries Ostia buzzed with maritime trade from the whole immense Empire. Tradition says that Ostia was founded by Ancus Marcius, the 4th king of Rome, who lived during the second half of the 7th century BC: you’ll be right in the centre of history!
You will learn all about the ancient port of Rome.
Landmark sights include the Necropolis, the Baths of Neptune, the grand Square of the Guilds, the warehouses, the Forum.
A museum houses archeological items, included the portraits of Alexander the Great, Demosthenes and Plotinus.
You could end the day swimming and soaking up all the sun on Ostia beach.
Fully narrated tour.
Approximate duration 4 hours.
No-wait access entrance. Skip the line ticket is included in the price of the tour.
A great guide, informative and friendly, speaking the language of your choice.
The tour is private and can run anytime you want, you also decide the composition of the group.
Smart people: you’ll discover a spectacular archeological site unknown to many.
Art and sea lovers: you could spend the morning at Ancient Ostia and the afternoon on Ostia beach, or viceversa.
People with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair should avoid this tour, due to uneven surfaces and steep climbs.