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5 Ancient Highlights of Ostia Antica

Located just on the outskirts of Rome, Ostia is the birthplace of the Roman Republic, located on the Tiber river. It's an essential visit for ancient history buffs!

Decumanus Maximus

Decumanus Maximus

Commencing at the Porta Romana, this was the main pedestrian walkway going through the town.

Baths of Neptune

Baths of Neptune

These baths contain intricate mosaics portraying god of the sea, Neptune, as well as some of the earliest Christian graffiti in the Roman Empire.

Agrippa's Theater

Agrippa's Theater

Agrippa was the right-hand man of Emperor Augustus. He commissioned this theater, completed in AD 196, which had 21 rows of seats for the public plus VIP areas.

Thermopolium

Thermopolium

Excavated during the First World War, this is possibly one of the first bars in Western civilization. Take a look at the ancient graffiti and paintings!

Museum Ostiense

Museum Ostiense

Do you need to cool off after your time spent exploring the ruins, or do you simply want to learn more? This museum and gift shop is waiting at the end of your walk.

Our insider tips

Sun-safe

You'll be spending most of your time outside, so it's important to stay safe in the sun with sunscreen and a hat. Drink lots of water too! It can get warm in Italy even in the fall months.

Archeological news

Like other sciences, archeology is never over - there are new developments going on all the time, so keep up to date on the website if you are fascinated by the latest findings from days gone by!

Group visit

Ostia Antica is perhaps best experienced as a group - and with a guided tour in your language so that everyone's on the same page.

Day trip

Although in relatively close proximity to Rome, you should still set aside a day to visit Ostia and not rush seeing this historic spot.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Open 8:30AM. Closing times vary throughout the year and must enter an hour before closing.
  • Is it expensive?
    10 euros per adult
  • Will I need a guide?
    This ancient site is best explored with a guided tour to point out the history and give you a feel for the daily life of the people that once called this spot home.
  • How to get there
    Take Metro B and switch to Roma-Lido train at Piramide Station. Get off at Ostia Antica station. Cross over the blue bridge and walk straight until you reach the entrance.
  • Additional information

    • Great spot to escape the crowds in Rome. These are one of the few ruins you can this up-close!

    • Free entrance on the first Sunday of each month!

What people are saying about Ostia Antica

Fab tour! Fascinating venue & great guide.

So much more to Istia Antica than I’d known. It’s about the same size as Pompei. It was an ancient port, a town and with lots of baths and cultural variety. Definitely worth a visit. Our guide Laura, was interesting, approachable and very knowledgeable, with fluent English. She ran the logistics of the tour like clockwork. We definitely recommend this tour. Good for kids too.

Ostia Antica Half-Day Tour from Rome by Train Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 24/10/2018

Loved it ! Our guide Rebecca was fantastic and so informative.

We really appreciated our guide being so knowledgeable . The information she was able to relay was incredible. She puts so much effort into making the tour a very memorable experience. Would really recommend this tour. Thanks so much Rebecca.

Ostia Antica Half-Day Tour from Rome by Train Reviewed by Andrea, 01/10/2018

Amanda K was outstanding. Deep knowledge, passion and communication++

Amanda gave as such detailed and vivid descriptions that the intricacies of the site came alive in our understanding of how a Roman town worked and how the people of various classes lived. I would recommend this tour for everyone interested in Rome beyond the Imperial splendor. Amanda also went out of her way to accommodate needs of participants and solve problems that arose because of disruptions to the city because of a major event. an outstanding site and tour made so by an outstanding guide.

Ostia Antica Half-Day Tour from Rome by Train Reviewed by Paul, 11/04/2018

I highly recommend this tour with this company while in Rome.

Wonderful tour easily done while in Rome. Our guide was Daniel and he was fantastic. His knowledge of Ostia Antica brought it to life for us. He was very patient with our questions and able to provide us with all the info. Would highly recommend this tour with this company

From Rome: Ostia Antica 4-Hour Guided Tour Reviewed by Eileen, 11/11/2017

Very interesting and off the beaten path.

Our guide Rebecca really made the tour worthwhile. She was very engaging and knowledgable and obviously loves what she does.

Ostia Antica Half-Day Tour from Rome by Train Reviewed by Mary, 28/08/2017

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