Visiting Ostia Antica is an authentic surprise and the best alternative to Pompeii for a real Roman experience! Ostia was Rome’s principal port town that – having been covered in mud for centuries – remains beautifully preserved. Vast numbers of baths, houses, and remains of temples on display, with the buildings perfectly organized in a Roman town structure.
Experience this ancient ‘shopping center as barracks, warehouses, offices, and taverns sit side-by-side.
Founded in 335 B.C., Ostia was Rome’s major port until the route of Tiber changed, dramatically affecting the utility of the town. From the 4th century, the city was slowly covered with mud that came from the river, perfectly preserving this age-old town.
One gem to enjoy is the Neptune Baths – on the terrace, find magnificent mosaics. They are not just a Roman ruin, but one of the countless other examples depicting ancient life. Your guide is sure to show you them all! The two perfectly preserved floors of the House of Diana are an example of a typically Roman apartment that showcases how Romans used to live.
The final stop-off includes the shopping district of the town – an impressive array of 2nd-century edifices that could easily exist in the modern-day. Both the Epagathiana Warehouses and the Thermopolium wouldn’t look out of place in any 21st-century Italian city! Seeing is believing!
Visiting Ostia Antica, you can experience what life was like over two millennia ago.
Meeting Point of Ostia Antica Tour
Meet your guide 15 minutes before the tour, at the exit of Piramide underground station at the street level. The guide will hold a sign with your name and will bring your tickets
– Train ticket from Rome to Ancient Ostia Station
– Certified Professional Guide
– Entrance ticket to Ostia archaeological site
– COVID 19 safety measures: face mask and hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
(social distancing from other visitors enforced: temperature checks for everybody entering museums and archaeological sites)