Half Day Ancient Ostia Ruins Tour from Rome

Half Day Ancient Ostia Ruins Tour from Rome

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Tour Highlights

  • Tour the highlights of the Ostia Antica Archaeological Area
  • Expert local guide with captivating commentary
  • Open Ostia Antica ticket valid for the entire day
  • Round-trip train tickets
  • Audio headsets for groups over 10 people
  • Group size limited to 25 people or less


Uncover the secrets of Ostia Antica, Rome's ancient port city. This tour paints a captivating portrait that will take you back through the millennia for an unforgettable glimpse into daily life over 2,000 years ago. Find out why these exceptional ruins are referred to as the 'Better Pompeii'.

Tour Description

See Rome's History Intact

Relive the glory of Ancient Rome with us on a guided tour to Ostia Antica! Visit this once lively harbor town founded in the 4th century BC. Ancient Ostia is commonly referred to as “The Better Pompeii” due to the astonishing preservation of its buildings. You will stroll through ancient taverns, baths, apartments, groceries and theaters – and their present condition so strikingly exceeds that of the Roman Forum, Imperial Forum and Pompeii, that it seems a misnomer to call them ‘ruins’.

Here it’s easy to let your imagination fly and feel like you’ve been transported back in time -- in this once bustling Roman harbor town the isolated ruins reveal no sign of the modern world so you’ll have a truly authentic experience! Walk the main street, the Decumanus Maximus, while your tour guide regales you with fascinating stories of the past. The characteristics of the town are in such perfect condition you’ll feel as though you are walking amongst the ancient Romans themselves! You’ll even be enticed to take a dip in the Baths of Neptune, which are crowned by an impressively intact mosaic of the sea god being drawn by a four horse chariot.

Be Amazed by Ostia's Amphitheatre

And if you are a theatre fan, you will be astounded by Ancient Ostia’s amphitheatre –take your place in the stands as 3,500 ancient Roman spectators once did back in 12 BC when it was first constructed. Then feel free to relax for a moment with a friend on the communal forica – or toilets just as the Romans did!

This unique tour of Ancient Ostia departs from Rome by local train and you will be whisked on a brisk 30 minute ride through the countryside west of Rome. Once you arrive in Ostia Antica your enthusiastic English speaking tour guide will reveal the extraordinary and eccentric past of this beautiful ancient town.

Then it's Up to You

At the end of the tour clients will have the option to remain at Ancient Ostia, explore the city of Ostia or even explore the nearby beach. The tour includes the train ticket back to Rome and guests can choose to return with the guide at the conclusion of the tour or head back on their own.

Don’t miss the chance to experience the “Better Pompeii” on our tour of the Ancient Ostia Ruins, a Day Trip from Rome.

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What's Included

  • Small groups of 25 people or less
  • Train ticket to and from Rome
  • Ancient Ostia entrance ticket
  • English speaking tour guide

Sites Visited

  • Ostia Antica, Baths of Neptune, the main street Decumanus Maximus, Ostia’s Amphitheatre, Forum of the Corporations, the Collegiate Temple, the laundry shop and public baths


  • When can I make a amendment to a booking?

    Changes made to bookings within the 72 hour window will be subject to rebooking fees to cover the cost of tickets purchased, transport, guide rescheduling, headsets and administration.

  • Is an advanced booking necessary or can I just show up at the meeting point?

    We strongly advise against arriving at the meeting point without a booking as we cannot guarantee that there will be space left on the tour. Our guides are unable to accept payment for tours so any bookings made on the spot will still need to be processed over the phone with payment by credit card.

  • Do I need to bring my confirmation voucher with me?

    It is not necessary to bring your voucher. We do recommend bringing the voucher with you as it contains helpful maps and directions to the meeting point. You can present this to your guide on the day of your tour either on a mobile device, or print it out.

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