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Ostia Antica: Archaeological Park Entry Ticket and Pemcards

1. Ostia Antica: Archaeological Park Entry Ticket and Pemcards

Step back in time and wander through the beautifully-preserved streets and villas of ancient Ostia, a coastal city just outside of Rome. Explore the archaeological park at your own pace, imagine life here thousands of years ago, and send a unique postcard to friends or family. According to legend, Ancus Marcius, king of Rome, founded Ostia in 620 BC as a Roman colony on the mouth of the Tiber. The remains of the town were later covered in silt from the river, leaving buildings, frescoes, and mosaics preserved in excellent condition and providing a vivid picture of ancient life. Walk through the archaeological park and check out its many highlights. These include two-story Roman apartment blocks and the seaside villas of Procoio which contain a large bath complex and an amphitheater lined with striking theatrical masks made from stone. As part of this experience, you can turn your own digital photos into a postcard to send to friends and family anywhere in the world. This is an integrated admission ticket valid for 8 days from the first admission, for one admission to all sites and museums in the Park: Ostia Antica Archeological Park, Castle of Julius II , Museum of Ships in Fiumicino, Imperial Ports of Claudius and Trajan and Necropolis of Porto on Isola Sacra

Roma Pass: 48 or 72-Hour City Card

2. Roma Pass: 48 or 72-Hour City Card

The Roma Pass network includes over 45 monuments, museums, and archaeological sites, including the Colosseum, Roman and Imperial Forums, Capitoline Museums, Ara Pacis, Trajan's Market, the National Roman Museums, the Caracalla Baths, Borghese Gallery, Circo Massimo, Archaeological Park of Appia Antica, and Castel Sant'Angelo. With the city card, skip-the-line admission will be free at your first museum or site. In addition, you’ll enjoy discounted admission to all other museums and archaeological sites visited thereafter. You’ll also receive discounts with other participating service and activity providers. Explore the city as you travel for free on Rome’s public transportation network. Here is a list of museums, archaeological sites, and experiences included: • Accademia Nazionale di San Luca• Circo Massimo• Circo Massimo Experience• Forum Pass Super (Roman Forum, the Imperial Fora and the Palatine)• Galleria Borghese• Galleria d’Arte Moderna di Roma Capitale• Galleria Nazionale Duarte Antica in Palazzo Barberini and Palazzo Corsini • Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea• Galleria Spada• Journeys through ancient Rome• Mausoleo di Augusto• MAXXI - Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo• Mercati di Traiano - Museo dei Fori Imperiali• Musei Capitolini• Musei Capitolini - Centrale Montemartini• Musei di Villa Torlonia• Musei di Villa Torlonia - Casina delle Civette• Musei di Villa Torlonia - Casino Nobile• Musei di Villa Torlonia – Serra Moresca• Museo Carlo Bilotti Aranciera di Villa Borghese• Museo Civico di Zoologia• Museo dell’Ara Pacis• Museo della Repubblica Romana e della memoria garibaldina• Museo delle Mura• Museo di Casal de’ Pazzi• Museo di Roma• Museo di Roma in Trastevere• Museo di Scultura Antica Giovanni Barracco• Museo Napoleonico• Museo Nazionale degli Strumenti Musicali (reduced ticket only)• Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant’Angelo• Museo Nazionale di Palazzo Venezia (service with Roma Pass temporarily suspended)• Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia• Museo Nazionale Romano• Museo Nazionale Romano - Crypta Balbi• Museo Nazionale Romano - Palazzo Altemps• Museo Nazionale Romano - Palazzo Massimo• Museo Nazionale Romano - Terme di Diocleziano• Museo Pietro Canonica a Villa Borghese• Museum of Civilisations• Museum of Civilisations - Museo Nazionale Preistorico ed Etnografico "Luigi Pigorini"• Museum of Civilisations - Museo Nazionale dell’Alto Medioevo• Museum of Civilisations - Museo Nazionale delle Arti e Tradizioni Popolari• Museum of Civilisations - Museo Nazionale d’Arte Orientale• Palazzo Valentini - Archaeological Area of the Domus Romane• Parco archeologico del Colosseo, Foro Romano & Palatino • Parco archeologico del Colosseo, Foro Romano & Palatino - Colosseo (Anfiteatro Flavio)• Parco archeologico del Colosseo, Foro Romano & Palatino - Palatino e Foro Romano• Parco Archeologico dell'Appia Antica• Parco Archeologico dell'Appia Antica - Antiquarium Di Lucrezia Romana• Parco Archeologico dell'Appia Antica - Complesso di Capo di Bove• Parco Archeologico dell'Appia Antica - Mausoleo di Cecilia Metella e Castrum Caetani• Parco Archeologico dell'Appia Antica - Parco Delle Tombe Della Via Latina• Parco Archeologico dell'Appia Antica - Villa dei Quintili e Santa Maria Nova• Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica• Terme di Caracalla• Villa di Massenzio & Mausoleo di Romolo

Ostia Antica: Half-Day Tour from Rome by Train

3. Ostia Antica: Half-Day Tour from Rome by Train

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.

Rome: Ostia Antica Guided Tour in German with Tickets

4. Rome: Ostia Antica Guided Tour in German with Tickets

We show you Ostia Antica, a once prosperous city with a direct view of the sea. You will experience the characteristic buildings of ancient city life with our German-speaking city guides. Entrance tickets and headsets are included in the price. - € 71 for adults aged 26 and over - € 59 for young people between the ages of 18 and 25 (please bring ID) - € 47 for children between 13 and 17 years - € 35 for children between 5 and 12 years under 4 years free. The tour ends in the archaeological park. From here you have the option to go back to Rome or one stop further to the beach of Ostia (Ostia Lido).

Ostia Antica: Half-Day Tour

5. Ostia Antica: Half-Day Tour

Meet at the Ostiense Train Station and take the local train to the archaeological park. Today an evocative and well-preserved sprawl of ancient ruins, Ostia Antica was once Rome’s thriving port city and a bustling commercial center. Due to the fall of the Roman Empire, it was eventually abandoned and, as the river changed course, covered in silt and mud, which protected the city until it was later excavated. One of Ostia Antica’s most striking sights is the grand outdoor theater which hosted plays and even gladiator fights. See the Square of the Guilds, where ship owners and merchants tried to make their fortune. Just down the street are the public bath houses where people would lounge in pools, work out and clean themselves with olive oil. Walk to the House of Diana and see where the ancients laid their heads at night.  Your guide will reveal this ancient city and uncover its stories on an unforgettable journey back in time.

Half Day Tour of Ancient Ostia

6. Half Day Tour of Ancient Ostia

Visit the vast archaeological site of Ostia Antica, an ancient port city of  the Rome Republic. Today the ruins, enclosed by cypresses and pine trees, reveal more information about ancient Rome than any other monument in the capital. Your journey will start in Rome along the Via del Mare, you will head towards Ostia (in Latin "ostium" means "River Mouth"), reaching the fascinating ruins of what was once a thriving center of commerce. You will start the tour from the Street of Tombs, the road leading to Porta Romana, one of three inputs of Ostia. The Decumanus Maximus, the main thoroughfare that runs through the city from the northeast to the southwest, begins here. You will visit the Baths of Neptune and admire the black-and-white mosaics of Neptune, Amphitrite, the theater built by Agrippa and the Forum, which was once the center of city life. See the main public buildings, such as the Capitol and the Temple of Rome and Augustus. Near the Forum square you will see the House of Diana and Termopolio, a kind of ancient Roman bar with a marble counter and a fresco depicting the foods sold in local time. Afterwards, you will continue to the end of Via dei Paintings to reach the Ostiense Museum, where you can admire an exhibition of ancient mosaics and sculptures found in the ruins.

Rome: Ostia Antica Private Walking Tour with Skip-the-Line

7. Rome: Ostia Antica Private Walking Tour with Skip-the-Line

Have a walk through the Roman ruins in the old town of Ostia Antica, a small Pompeii just a few kilometers away from Rome. Discover the history of a settlement that can be traced back to the beginning of the 4th century B.C., which served as a military outpost to control not only access to the Tiber but also its lower course and nearby areas, in order to defend Rome. After meeting your guide, skip the entrance lines to explore Ostia, the first Roman colony. Hear about its role as a river port that acquired a commercial function to supply Rome with foodstuffs, particularly wheat, even if its strategic military function as a naval base certainly prevailed.  Learn about how the city was later surrounded by a new circle of walls that circumscribed an urban area of about 50 hectares, divided into five regions or neighborhoods. While there, see Neptune's Thermal Baths, the theatre, the forum, the House of Diana, and more.

Ostia Antica: Archaeological Guided Private Tour

8. Ostia Antica: Archaeological Guided Private Tour

Ostia Antica was the first Roman colony, founded in the seventh century BC at the mouth of the River Tiber, and is still today the largest archaeological site on the planet. Thanks to an expert archaeological guide and impressive graphic reconstructions, you will take a journey back in time to discover the secrets and daily life of the ancient Romans. You will walk along theDecumanus Maximus, the main street of the city, to admire the splendid mosaics of the Baths of Neptune, the majestic theater decorated with marble masks and the imposingForum Square, dominated by the Capitolium, a great temple dedicated to the most important gods of Rome: Jupiter, Juno and Minerva. Finally, you will discover details and curiosities about daily life in ancient times by exploring the insulae (the ancestors of our apartment buildings) and the rich domus(villas) of the patricians, the ancient shops and restaurants (such as the thermopolium, similar to our fast-food restaurants!) and even the public toilets (latrinae)! Please note that in the winter season the mosaic floors of the archaeological site are covered for preservation reasons, so they are not visible during the visits in winter. Thank you

Rome: Day Trip to Ostia Antica with Optional Hotel Pickup

9. Rome: Day Trip to Ostia Antica with Optional Hotel Pickup

Our driver will pick you up from your centrally located hotel in Rome, and you'll reach Ostia, located just 30 km (18.6 miles) from Rome, without any stress. Ostia Antica was one of the most thriving Roman seaports during Julius Caesar's time, and its vast ruins still hold magnificent frescoes, marbles, and mosaics. Accompanied by your local guide, you'll explore the site's buildings, blocks of apartments, dwellings, huge statues, and even take a look inside Ostia Antica's amphitheater, overlooking the Forum. Walk down the Decumanus Maximus and learn about the public baths. Reach the Baths of Neptune, where a stunning, almost-intact original mosaic of the God of the sea pulled by a four-horse chariot is on display. These baths contain an open-air palestra (i.e., gym). The archaeological excavations began in the early 19th century, bringing real treasures to life after the village stayed buried in rubble for over ten centuries. Let your imagination flow and feel like you're traveling back in time! This Ostia Antica Tour is the perfect half-day trip from Rome if you want to learn more about ancient Rome's architecture and the inhabitants' lifestyle, but you couldn’t make to the full day tour to Pompeii. At the end of the tour, our driver will take you back to Rome. Book now and get ready to dive deep into Roman history!

Rome: Ancient Ostia Ruins Walking Tour and Treasure Hunt

10. Rome: Ancient Ostia Ruins Walking Tour and Treasure Hunt

Visit the ancient military and commercial port of Rome with your colleagues or your employees with this Ancient Ostia Treasure Hunt. Your guide, the “Hunt Master”, will plan activities and quizzes around the archaeological area, showing you the thermal baths, the original houses and the beautiful mosaics that decorate the buildings. The teams will discover interesting details and stories about the city and learn about the habits and lifestyle of the past citizens. Answer to trivia, solve riddles and look for hints and clues at the theater, the warehouses, the condominia and many more sites. You will compete against other participants to gain points and win a nice prize. It will be a great opportunity to spend time with your work colleagues and create deeper relations with them.

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Since the Roma Pass can be used for many attractions without queuing, this is a great advantage due to the number of visitors. Furthermore, the use of public transport with the Roma Pass is free of charge. The pick-up location at the train station was poorly described in the confirmation e-mail (platform 24)

Made all the sightseeing easier after getting the card. There was a little confusion about where to get the physical ticket but their help chat really helped a lot. If you are planning to use public transport, get this.

Great trip to Roman countryside on a nice spring / fall day. Learned a lot about the history of Antica. I felt like I was taken back in time.

No need to queue is the best feature of the Roma Pass and free choice of all modes of transport.

Great job! We visited Colloseum and the next outside museum for free.