Ostia Antica is one of the most underrated attractions in all of Italy. Like Pompeii, Ostia Antica is an archaeological adventure into the past. Unlike Pompeii, there are no crowds, even in peak season.
Join us on this fascinating tour and together we’ll explore the temples, houses and edifices that made up this industrious Roman town while your guide reveals what life was like for its 100,000 inhabitants.[readmore]With a group of no more than 15 people, there’ll be an opportunity to quiz your guide and really take advantage of their expert knowledge. Located 20 miles (30km) outside of Rome, Ostia Antica is easily accessible by public transport but don’t worry if you’re not familiar with the city – we’ll make the short journey together. The group will meet at the Ostiense train station (which adjoins the Piramide Metro stop) and take the local train to the archaeological park. Return train tickets and entrance to the site are, of course, included in the tour price.
A trip to the theatre One of Ostia Antica’s most striking sights is the grand outdoor theatre which hosted plays and even gladiator fights. Built-in the 2nd century AD, it seated up to 4,000 rowdy spectators and is an impressive building even by today’s standards. Concerts and plays are still held here some 2,000 years later.
Suppliers of grape and grain Opposite the theatre is the Square of the Guilds. Here, ship owners and merchants tried to make their fortune. Look out for the mosaics too – most sailors and merchants were illiterate or couldn’t read Latin so the designs on the floor explained what goods or services were on offer. Exploring the ancient ruins, our tour guide will reveal why Ostia was such an important city for the Romans – after all, wine, oil, grain, and other goods arrived here from all across the empire.
Rest and relaxation Roman-style It wasn’t all work and no play for the ancient inhabitants of Ostia though – just down the street are the public bathhouses where people would lounge in pools, work out and clean themselves with olive oil. The Baths of Neptune boast an impressively intricate mosaic which depicts Neptune and his four horses crashing through the waves of the sea – a fine artwork not for a private home or villa, but for a public space.
A surprisingly sophisticated abode And where did the average Ostia citizen live? In multi-storied apartment blocks known as insulae. We’ll take a walk to the House of Diana and see where the ancients laid their heads at night. Houses were without kitchens so people ate at restaurants or bars, just like we do today. Your guide will take you to an ancient fast food joint where you can still see the painted menu on the wall.Lee mas
You have to be at the meeting point 15 minutes before departure in order to not to miss your tour
Comfortable shoes are recommended as this tour involves a fair amount of walking
We recommend bringing a hat, sunscreen and a bottle of water in warm weather