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.
For more of our tours, check out our Rome Tours & Day Trips.
Please note that from August 6th, 2021, all public venues in Italy will require visitors above the age of 12 years old to present valid ID and certification proving that you have either:
- Been vaccinated with an EMA or AIFA approved vaccine (Comirnaty by Pfizer-BioNtech, Vaxzevria by Astrazeneca, Janssen by Johnson & Johnson and Moderna);
- Been tested (PCR or antigen) with a negative result within the last 48hrs;
- Recovered from COVID-19, attested by a PCR or antigen test result, at least 15 days and no more than six months old;
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