Discover the former harbor city of Ancient Rome on a 4-hour coach tour to the ruins of Ostia Antica, and learn what everyday life must have been like in a commercial and military seaport of the Roman Republic, away from the monuments of central Rome.
What to Expect
Explore the extensive archaeological site of Ostia Antica, former harbor city of Rome in the days of the Roman Republic. Now, nestled among cypress and Mediterranean pine, the ruins reveal more than any other monument in the capital about everyday life in ancient times.
You will drive the Via del Mare to Ostia (Latin: “Ostium,” meaning “Mouth of the River”) and explore the ruins of the once flourishing trade center, starting at the Via delle Tombe leading to the Porta Romana, one of Ostia’s 3 gates. This is the start of the Decumanus Maximus, the main thoroughfare that crosses the city from northeast to southwest.
Arrive at the Terme di Nettuno and admire the black and white mosaics of Neptune and Amphitrite. See the theater built by Agrippa, and the Forum that formed the center of the city. Your guide will point out the principle public buildings, such as the Il Capitolium and the Temple of Rome and Augustus.
Near the square of the Forum, admire the House of Diana, and the Thermopolium, a Roman bar with marble counter and frescoes depicting the foods that were once sold there. Continue to the end of Via dei Dipinti to the Museo Ostiense, where displays of ancient sculptures and mosaics can be found among the ruins.
- Round-trip transportation from Rome by air-conditioned coach
- Guided tour
What's Not Included
- Food and drinks