Ostia antica

At 08:00 am one of our English Speaking drivers will be waiting for you at the lobby of your accommodation in Rome ready to start.
Within a 30 minute driving you will reach a terrific place: the ancient Ostia. An entire city, founded in the 4th century bc., excavated many times, tells you, through its ruins, about the way of living of the first inhabitants of this port city. The history of Ostia Antica stretches far back in time: according to tradition, although not yet confirmed, to the 6th Century B.C., when it was founded by king Ancus Martius as the first Roman colony. In reality, the oldest remains of Ostia only date back to the 4th Century B.C. and belonged to the first fortified citadel. The name Ostia comes from the Latin "ostium", meaning mouth of the Tiber. For a long time Ostia was Rome's only river port, where large freight ships that arrived here had unload their cargo onto smaller boats that were able to go up the river to Rome. The barges, drawn by long lines of buffalo moving along the banks, reached the harbor of Forum Boarium, located near the Isola Tiberina. The
inhabitants of Ostia were merchants, ship owners, craftsmen, laborers, freed-men and slaves of different languages and religions. Ostia's cosmopolitan nature can be seen in the sanctuaries, temples and shrines dedicated, to the local gods, as well as to the Eastern ones, mainly Persian, Phrygian and Egyptian. The excavations of Ostia are quite extensive and more than rival those of Pompeii. The site boasts numerous marvelous mosaics, many of which are still perfectly preserved, that decorate the pavements provide us with a goldmine of information on the cities with which Ostia carried on trade, on the goods dealt with and on the guilds working at the port. For a delightful panoramic view of the site, venture up the steps of the theatre, founded in the age of Augustus.

DURATION: based on 5 HOURS


  • Entrances to Ostia Excavations 06,50 euro
  • This is tour is not available on Mondays


  • to dress respectfully for the visit to religious buildings: knees and shoulders covered;
  • to take with you comfortable walking shoes if possible;
  • to keep an eye on your wallet; it is recommended not to wear precious jewelry or large amount of cash

Price DOES NOT include neither lunch nor entrance fees.

Note that the driver will not enter sites but will give running commentaries of what you are seeing The vehicle will escort you for the entire tour .Walking is limited unlike bus tour where you have to walk the whole day.


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We don't accept credit cards nor personal cheques, we accept only cash or TCs in Euro or USD, if USD we will give you the conversion rate of the day before the service increased by 6/7 cents

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