Guided tour

Ostia Antica: Half-Day Tour from Rome by Train

Activity provider: City Wonders Ltd.

Ostia Antica: Half-Day Tour from Rome by Train

Activity provider: City Wonders Ltd.

From US$ 50.99 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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Live tour guide
English
Small group
Limited to 12 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • 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.
Includes
  • Return train from Rome to Ostia Antica
  • Ostia Antica entry ticket
  • Guide
    Not suitable for
    • Wheelchair users

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    Date

    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

    • It is the responsibility of all visitors to ensure they check and comply with the official COVID-19 travel advice and restrictions on each country's government website. The tour provider will not be held responsible for refused access to museums and tourist attractions and no refund will be due.
    • 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
    • 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.
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.8 /5

    based on 124 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      5/5
    • Transportation
      4.5/5
    • Value for money
      4.7/5
    • Safety
      4.9/5

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    If you want to be "in" ancient Rome this is a great option. The ruins are in various state of decay, but many of them look like with a small amount of work you could open your own little shop or host a play! Our guide, Angelina, was exceptional and went above and beyond to explain the site and various details. Note - this is outdoors and there is not much sun protection. Our group had an older couple who was not able to make the full tour. So, if you have issues with walking or being in the sun for hours (depending on weather) this may not be for you.

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    October 12, 2022

    Rob was the perfect guide. Knowledgeable and passionate he kept us entertained from start to finish and we didn’t want him to leave us at the end! As regular returners to Rome this was something we haven’t done before but would definitely recommend to everyone. It’s an untouched by tourists Pompeii and should be on everyone’s must visit Rome list!

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    October 4, 2022

    Very nice visit and interesting explanations. Be careful, the meeting place does not have red umbrellas but beige ones (piramides café). The meeting time is 8:25 am but the departure is only at 9 am! The visit ends at 1 p.m. on site (in the middle of the site) so it takes 1h30 to return to Rome (return to the station and journey by metro).

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    August 10, 2022

    Product ID: 10454