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Ostia Antica Half-Day Tour from Rome by Train

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Ostia Antica Half-Day Tour from Rome by Train

From US$ 66.79 per person

Catch the train from Rome to the former harbor town of the imperial city on a 4-hour tour of Ostia Antica. Learn what life was like for ordinary Roman citizens as you see the main monuments of the commercial and military seaport of the Roman Republic.

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Duration 4 hours
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Small group
Limited to 12 participants


  • Catch the train to the former harbor town of Ancient Rome
  • Walk down streets following in the footsteps of citizens of the Roman Republic
  • Take a pew on one of the public communal toilets!
  • Stay in Ostia to explore the modern town at leisure, or go to the beach
Full description
Explore the beautifully preserved archaeological remains of Ostia Antica, founded in the 4th century BC, and once home to more than 100,000 Roman citizens. Traveling by train from central Rome, your guide will accompany you to the ruins, and give a comprehensive account of Ostia’s rise and fall. Along the way, marvel at well preserved remains of taverns, thermal baths, warehouses and theaters. Walk the main Decumanus Maximus thoroughfare as your guide brings the stones to life. Admire Roman statues that line the walkways, and feel as though you are walking in Ancient Rome itself. Go to the Baths of Neptune, crowned by an impressively intact mosaic of the sea god being drawn by a 4-horse chariot. Imagine the roar of the crowds at the amphitheater, and take your place in the stands just as 3,500 spectators would have done back in 12 BC when it was first built. Visit the communal Forica (public washrooms), where a marble bench is lined with 20 well-spaced holes along 4 walls of a large open room. Take a seat to experience one of the more natural and human aspects of Ancient Rome! At the end of your tour, you have the option to remain at Ostia Antica and the modern city of Ostia, or go to a nearby beach. Those who prefer can join the guide on the train back to Rome for the end of the tour services.
  • Return train from Rome to Ostia Antica
  • Ostia Antica entrance ticket
  • English-speaking guide
    Not suitable for
    • Wheelchair users
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask
    • All participants who are 12 years and older must present a Green Pass that is valid in the EU and has a verifiable QR code. Valid Green Passes can be obtained by uploading either proof of vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection within the last 6 months, a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before the activity starts, or a negative antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts to the Green Pass or Covid Certificate apps
    • All participants must also bring a valid government-issued photo ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, etc)

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    Meeting point

    Meet at the Cafe Piramide opposite the Piramide Metro Station (Line B/Blue Line). You can identify the cafè by the red umbrellas on the tables outside. The scheduled meeting time is 08:25 for an 08:40 departure

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Towel
    • Beachwear
    • Sports shoes

    Not allowed

    • Baby strollers

    Know before you go

    • Tour groups are limited to no more than 12 persons
    • There will be a toilet break, with time for a snack and/or drink at the snack bar
    • The tour service ends in Rome at the Piramide Metro Station (at approximately 13:00-13:30). You are free to remain in Ostia after the tour if you prefer. Train tickets are provided, but your return journey will be unescorted
    • Regrettably, this tour is not wheelchair accessible
    • In case of a transportation strike or other unforeseeable problem with the public transport system, a minibus will be provided at no extra cost to transfer clients to and from Ostia Antica.
    • Please note, from August 6th 2021 all public venues in Italy will require visitors above the age of 12 to present a COVID-19 green certificate and an ID, proving that they are fully vaccinated (with an EMA-approved vaccine), or that they have been tested (PCR or antigen) with a negative result within the last 48 hours, or that they have recovered from COVID-19
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    4.8 /5

    based on 99 reviews

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    The trip to Ostia Antica was the highlight of our holiday.

    We had looked forward to visiting Ostia Antica having seen it featured on a TV documentary, and having visited Pompeii, but it exceeded our expectations due to it's quietness and no bustling crowds. The main reason for our enjoyment was Roberto, our guide, who was absolutely brilliant from beginning to end. He really brought the whole experience to life and I'm sure the others in the group (only 13, also a bonus ) must have felt the same.

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    September 22, 2019

    It was the best! Andy is such an amazing, extremely knowledgeable and approachable tour guide. I highly recommend this tour. It's a wonderful alternative to Pompeii. Ostia Antica doesn't have the crowds nor does it involve the long trip from Rome. And Andy made it such an enlightening experience, bringing ancient Rome to us.

    September 14, 2019

    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.

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    October 24, 2018

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