Welcome to Ostia Antica


Founded in the 4th century BC, Ostia started life as a fortified military camp guarding the mouth of the Tiber – hence the name, a derivation of the Latin word ostium (mouth). It quickly grew, and by the 2nd century AD it had become a thriving port with a population of around 50,000.

Decline set in after the fall of the Roman Empire, and by the 9th century it had largely been abandoned, its citizens driven off by barbarian raids and outbreaks of malaria. Over subsequent centuries, it was plundered of marble and building materials and its ruins were gradually buried in river silt, thus ensuring their survival.


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$56.44 Cultural & Theme Tours

All-included Guided Ostia Tour for Kids & Families with Hotel Pick-up & Drop-off

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica, Ostia Antica, Province of Rome, LazioA 2.5-hour guided visit will lead you into the apparition town of Ostia Antica. The old port of Rome will invite you to an archeological site where the traditions of the old occupants of this vital purpose of the Roman Empire will wake up. Shading books, interactive media devices and considerably more will catch the consideration of your children, giving them a fun and energizing knowledge that they won't overlook. Private get and drop-off at your inn in Rome and extra charges are incorporated into the cost!Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

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Guided Tour of Ancient Ostia from Fiumicino Airport with Private Van Pickup

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica, Ostia Antica, Province of Rome, LazioBecome more acquainted with one of the Roman area's key archeological milestones on this private, half-day voyage through Ostia Antica. An antiquated settlement situated on the River Tiber, only 17 miles (28 kilometers) from Rome appropriate, Ostia Antica incorporates the vestiges of an amphitheater, open showers, and that's just the beginning. Upon your entry, appreciate abundant time to investigate, and take in progressively about the sights from your local guide.Duration: 3 hours

$311.02 Private & Custom Tours

private tour of ancient Ostia from Rome

Relive the atmosphere of an ancient Roman town visiting Ostia Antica with us.Stroll through the ancient buildings, like shops, baths, restaurants, houses, and the theater. Your guide will take you back in time to the Roman era. This wonderful tour will stimulate your imagination, bringing the ruins back to their glorious past.Walking the main streets and the hidden alleys, you’ll be totally immersed because the view shows no sign of the modern town. Your guide will tell you fascinating stories and anecdotes about the Roman town, beginning with the Decumanus Maximus, the main street. Through the details of the stories, you will feel the frenetic sensation of living in a busy port city. You will enjoy visiting the ancient city and admiring its main buildings such as the theater, the House of Diana, the Forum, the Baths, the Thermopolium. At the end of this tour you may even want to live in the ancient town - going to shows in the theater, drinking in the popina, and having a relaxing friendly moment in the forica, the public toilet.The complete duration of the tour is 3.5 hours, including the 25-minute train trip to Ancient Ostia.

$67.96 Kid Friendly

Ancient Ostia Guided Tour for Kids and Families

Your guide will meet you at the Ostia Antica ticket station to begin your 2.5-hour guided small-group tour of Ostia Antica. Located just outside Rome’s city center, Ostia is a slice of Rome’s history not to be missed. The ancient port city of Ostia is now a ghost town. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the people of Ostia realized that their livelihoods were threatened. As a result, the inhabitants left their homes and businesses in search of a safe place that could provide them with a new way of life. As you traverse the streets of this outdoor living museum, your guide will ensure that you see the most important buildings including the theater, thermal baths, mills, the Square of the Guilds, the Capitolium, and much more. Your guide will take you back in time, revealing the story of how the people of this special place once lived. The venue is perfect for children. Your family will explore this historic and important archaeological site where it is possible to see the ruins, walk the streets and enter the buildings. You can choose between 2 options: 2.5 hr PRIVATE TOUR: your guide will be waiting for you at the meeting point and she/he will be glad to answer all your family questions and adjust the tour on your family's needs and interestes. 2.5 hr SMALL GROUP TOUR: the guide will wait for you at the meeting point and you will share her/him with other families.

$234 Cultural & Theme Tours

Expert Led Tour of Ostia Antica

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica, Ostia Antica, Province of Rome, LazioExplore the archeological site of Ostia AnticaDuration: 5 hours

$102.52 Day Trips & Excursions

Small Group Tour: Ostia Antica from Rome by Train

Ostia Antica is one of the most fascinating (and most underrated) attractions in Italy. The remains of this Ancient Roman port town are just half an hour away from Rome, yet they tend to be mysteriously overlooked by the majority of tourists. However, their loss is your gain – join a small group tour of Ostia Antica and explore the evocative, labyrinthine ruins of this intriguing town. After meeting your group in central Rome, you will travel to Ostia Antica and join your guide for an in-depth, 4 hour tour of the archaeological site. With a group size limited to 12, this is an intimate tour, providing you the opportunity to chat to your guide and ask questions. Ostia Antica resembles Pompeii, but without the crowds. And unlike Pompeii, Ostia Antica was not destroyed; the town fell into a slow decline over the centuries. At its peak, in the 2nd and 3rd centuries, Ostia Antica was home to 100,000 people and a busy port, but it slowly transformed from a commercial town into a country retreat for wealthy Romans. It was plundered by pirates in the Battle of Ostia, and then abandoned completely. On your Ostia Antica tour you will get an insight into the life and times of the Ancient Roman town, exploring the well-preserved remains of some of its most important buildings, such as the impressive theater (still in use today), grand temples like the Capitolium, and the thermal baths with their beautiful mosaics. Your guide will also take you off the beaten path, showing you humble buildings like shops, bakeries and brothels, which offer a glimpse into the daily life of ordinary people. Look out for the ancient “fast food restaurant”, with its painted menu still visible, and the laundrette where workers would have used urine as a detergent… For a memorable day trip from Rome, join an expert guide in Ostia Antica for a stroll down cobbled streets, mesmerizing ruins, and a journey back in time.

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