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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

Commencing at the Porta Romana, this was the main pedestrian walkway going through the town.

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 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

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.

Ostia Antica: Our 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 to visit
    Open 8:30AM. Closing times vary throughout the year and must enter an hour before closing.
  • What is the price?
    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 tips
    • 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

Interesting place but badly timed guide pattern

We spent far too long standing at the entrance and the necropolis then rushed the much more interesting part like the house of Diana. The guide was a nice girl and knew a lot but the whole visit was with too much talk and not balanced well

Ancient Ostia Half-Day Small Group Tour from Rome Reviewed by Alison, 10/19/2016

Amazing 'Day in the life of a Roman' Tour

Our guide, Amanda, was brilliant. Super knowledgeable and made what looked to be an endless expanse of ruins come to life! The ruins themselves are in fantastic condition, but are on a huge site. Even with Rome heaving with tourists, this was quiet. So much so, we didn't even need the headsets to hear our guide! Without Amanda, even with knowledge of the period, I would have found it difficult to distinguish between it all. Instead, she was able to guide us as a Roman would have proceeded as if we were to become Roman for the day. She knew of not only the most valuable and interesting parts, but also where to grab great views, enter top storeys of buildings and juggle an English tour to accomodate Spanish speakers too. This was by far the most informative tour of my trip and would recommend to everyone. It is an ideal replacement of you don't want to use a whole day of your trip on the long haul to Pompeii. Would thoroughly recommend this tour! Brilliant!

Ostia Antica Half-Day Tour from Rome by Train Reviewed by Matt, 08/19/2016

It's worth a visit, not as busy as I first feared.

We arrived at 10 the opening hour and the car park was filling quickly, the Guide code didn't get us entry into the park, we had to go to the information desk to get their version of the ticket code, it took 2 mins and we were in. It's clean and although busy it's not crazy busy. Plenty to do for all age groups but bring healthy food, junkies heaven if burgers, chips, nuggets etc are just your thing if not then melon is your staple for the day. I am not a fan of animal shows but with a 2 year old I attended it for her pleasure without the unspoken captivity sucking the life out of them thing be obvious that's for later. So it was entertaining and as an added piece of luck what turned out to be the final appearance for that show a dolphin swam straight towards and greeted my daughter to shrieks of delight through the glass face to face, he/she ( the explanation of gender during the show was in Italian duh) anyway the Dolphin stayed therefor a while making my daughters day.

Rome: Zoomarine Admission Ticket Reviewed by Paul, 07/25/2016

Excellent tour with genuine archaeologist

Roberta was very passionate and enthusiastic about Ostia, and made the ruins come alive for us. She was very good at surprising us by leading us around many little delights, and then expanding on the detail about what we could see. She also translated the Latin on the tombs for us. She even told us where to have the best lunch in Ostia Antica afterwards! As for Ostia itself - far less crowded than Pompeii, and just as good, if not better, in our opinion. Where else can you walk on original 2,000 year old marble and mosiac floors - and just 25 minutes from Rome? Thoroughly recommended.

Ancient Ostia Half-Day Small Group Tour from Rome Reviewed by Richard, 04/08/2016

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