Ostia Antica: Half-Day Tour to Rome’s Secret, Well-Preserved Ruins
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Ostia Antica: Half-Day Tour to Rome’s Secret, Well-Preserved Ruins

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Tour Highlights

  • Explore amazingly well-preserved Roman ruins without the crowds at this little-known attraction
  • Get up close & ‘inside’ ancient history at one of Italy’s most accessible archaeological sites
  • Hear stories & insights from your expert guide that will bring the Port of Ostia Antica to life
  • Enjoy round-trip transportation with an open return so you can discover at your leisure
  • Audio headsets & small groups of 25 or fewer so you don’t miss a thing

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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'.
Ostia Antica Houses and Ruins

Gain Insight into Ancient Rome

At just 30 minutes by train, you'll get an unparalleled look into daily life in Ancient Rome and still have time for more sightseeing back in the city center in the afternoon, enriched by the experience.

Ostia Antica Amphitheater

See Why It's Called the 'Better Pompeii'

As the working harbor for the most influential city of its time, this exceptional archaeological area shows how Roman civilization was built, functioned and prospered under the Caesars.

Ostia Antica mosaic

A Real-Life Time Machine

See what daily life was like for people that came from Rome and the far reaches of the Empire. You will be amazed at how nature and physics were used to create modern-day comforts like the heated Baths of Neptune.

Tour Description

On this half day Ostia Antica tour from Rome you will see and enjoy intriguing tales on everything you have come to love about the Romans of antiquity in a beautiful natural setting away from the traffic and noise in the city center. Your expert City Wonders guide will bring history to life before your very eyes as you stand where its ancient inhabitants stood, so don't be surprised if you hear echoes of the past!

At Ancient Rome's port city you will travel across millennia into a detailed photograph of what life was like in the Roman Empire from the 4th century BC until the town was slowly abandoned. Leave modernity behind as you trace the grooves of chariot wheels on the original road leading into the settlement, which once had a population of some 50,000 people, mostly stout sailors, dock workers and wealthy merchants from all over the Mediterranean.

Ostia Antica was the main point of entry for all the goods that came into Rome from the Empire, and was the city's bread basket for grain coming in to feed the capital's huge population. This trade created opulent wealth, the signs of which are clearly evident today.

Listen as your guide provides a captivating account as you marvel at its amphitheater, impressive temples, insula apartment blocks and the Forum of Corporations, where everything under the sun was bought and sold.

Additional highlights of the Ostia Antica tour include the extensive baths complex, with its thermodynamic systems still largely intact, and an almost perfect example of what dining out was like 2,000 years ago.

The site is also home to some of the finest Roman mosaics that survive in their original positions, crowned by the world-famous image of Neptune driving his chariot of seahorses. The grounds also feature examples of period statuary and you can hunt for the elusive Ostia lighthouse, which archaeologists still haven't found.

Ready to plunge into ruins that rival those in Pompeii and Herculaneum? With our masterful guide and carefully planned itinerary, your journey back to Rome will feel more like time travel after this fun and informative tour.

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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 bath

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Important notes

Children under the age of 18 might be requested to show their ID card at the entrance of the site, so please bring it with you on the tour.

FAQs

  • When can I cancel a booking?

    On tours cancelled more than 72 hours before the scheduled departure time, we are happy to offer our customers a full refund. For tours cancelled less than 72 hours before scheduled departure time, we are unable to offer refunds. Instead we suggest that customers reschedule their tour for another time more convenient for them.

  • 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.

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With City Wonders it's not just facts, our passionate guides tell you the stories that bring the sights to life.

  • All of our guides are experts in their field
  • We only hire fluent English-speakers so nothing is ever lost in translation
  • We focus on the little details and anecdotes that make City Wonders so special

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