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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.



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


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

Overall rating
4.7 / 5
based on 155 reviews

Clear recommendation and real insider tip!

Clear recommendation and real insider tip! The guided tour through Ostia Antica with the archaeologist Maria Rita was a highlight of my trip to Rome. Perfectly prepared and organized by here. One invests half a day and understands so much more about the connections by the example of this phantasticly preserved Roman settlement and receives a living picture of this epoch. Even with children very well suitable, because Maria Rita adapts wonderfully didactically to her guests and includes even child interests. She tells with heart and soul and great knowledge. Ostia is so easy to reach (only 35 minutes from Stazioni Porto San Paolo, not far from Colosseo, with a normal city ticket for 1.50!) There is a very nice café in the mids of the parc with delicious food where you can relax wonderfully. Getting off the train you can already smell the pine trees and the sea air. Ostia Antica is a place of peace. No pushing and shoving. A relaxing little escape from the hectic rome.

Ostia Antica Guided Tour with Local Archaeologist Reviewed by

Super organized, easy to get to and a fabulous guide!!

It was super easy to meet the guide at the starting point. Fun train out of the city to Ostia. We had Rebecca as our guide and she clearly loves her job and was filled with information on the site and on Rome. She very quickly knew our names and included us in the conversations. She was great at pulling everyone in to the stories and had photos to show so that we could see in our minds how things probably looked. Its an incredible place, so close to Rome. We were so glad we decided to do this last extra tour. We ended up stopping along the way back with direction from Rebecca on how to see St Pauls, which was SO worth the stop. OMG another amazing church. Rebecca made sure she came around to everyone before getting off the train and asking if she could give any more info or suggestions for places to see or places to eat. Super great guide!!!

Ostia Antica Half-Day Tour from Rome by Train Reviewed by

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

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.

Ostia Antica Half-Day Tour from Rome by Train Reviewed by

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