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Ancient Ostia with Private Driver Service

Habits and Customs of Ancient Rome

Category: Just Outside Rome

Price from: $610

Duration: 4 Hours (approx.)

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Be stunned by the incredibly well-preserved ruins of Ancient Ostia dating back to the 4th century BC. Ostia was once one of the main Roman cities - inhabited by over 100,000 people - thanks to its position and the presence its harbor.

Ostia was a port of republican Rome and a commercial centre under the empire (after 27 bce). The Romans considered Ostia their first colony and attributed its founding (for the purpose of salt production) to their fourth king. At the height of Ostia’s prosperity in the early 2nd century ce, its population was approximately 50,000. The growing population was accommodated by means of tall brick apartment buildings of three, four, and five stories. The floors in these buildings were paved with mosaic, and the walls elaborately painted; the larger flats had up to 12 rooms. 

The Roman ruins were quarried for building materials in the Middle Ages and for sculptors’ marble in the Renaissance. Archaeological excavation was begun in the 19th century under papal authority and was sharply accelerated between 1939 and 1942 under Benito Mussolini, until about two-thirds of the Roman town was uncovered. Today, this archeological area is one of the most impressive ancient Roman sites ever found and compares in many ways to the more well-known ruins of Pompeii. Follow the lead of your tour guide and discover how Rome’s inhabitants lived nearly 2,000 years ago.

Walking down the main street, the Decumanus Maximus, you will see ancient houses, taverns, baths, grocers and apartments. Marvel at still-intact mosaics and enjoy the view of the amphitheater.

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  • Approximately 4 hours
  • Layer 1 Kid-friendly tour
  • Partial access for wheelchairs
  • Private Tour Only
  • Suggested starting time
  • Not available on Monday.
  • Included 
    Private driver service from your Hotel/accommodation in Rome Admission Tickets Blue Badge Qualified Guide Meet&Greet your Guide at your Hotel/Accommodation Private Tour |
  • Not Included 
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Ostia Antica
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    Lucia D.
    Que bueno empezar nuestras vacaciones en Roma con el recorrido de Ostia Antica!
    Vamos a comenzar nuestro maravilloso viaje con el tour de Ostia el viernes, seguimos a Roma el sàbado e por ùltimo vamos a Florencia el domingo. Todo fue organizado por el excelente tour operador Eyes of Rome, que agradecemos de corazon por su profesionalidad y amabilidad.


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    Greg D.

    Hi guys, we will be in Italy this May on a shore excursion. We will be at the port of Civitavecchia at 7am until 6pm. We’d really like to see Ostia and maybe a quick stop at the Rome’s city centre? Maybe a walking tour can be good.  Thank you :) 




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    Sasha M.


    I heard that the Ancient Ostia archeological site is similar to Pompeii. Is this true?

    Also, is this tour suitable for young children in a stroller?




  • Dear Ms Sasha M.

    Thanks for reaching out to us. The archeological excavations of Ancient Ostia house the ruins of a little city built around the old port of Rome. Due to a flood, its monuments were buried under sand for centuries, and thus, very well preserved- just as Pompeii was preserved by the ash of Vesuvius. In Ancient Ostia today, it is possible to admire private villas, public squares, temples, restaurants and spas from the ancient times, and it really gives you an idea of how an ancient Roman city functioned. Children love the ruins, and they can run around in complete safety. Slightly older children will be fascinated by the stories of daily life in Roman times, seeing where the stories really took place. If you must bring a stroller, there is a paved road around the outside of the archeological site- but you can’t see much from there. Entering the dirt roads of the ruins with the stroller can be awkward, so I advise against bringing one if at all possible.

    Elisa Taddei



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    Alessandro Calì

    Hi Greg, how are you? Nice to hear you are about to visit our country! I am one if the guides, and I have done many excursions for shore customers. I can definitively say that we will be too tight with the schedule if you want to do both Ostia antica and city centre walking tour of Rome. What I suggest, would be to go to Ostia straight after you arrive. After the tour we can have a nice lunch near the seaside and after that while going back to Civitavecchia we can do a quick sightseeing drive of the main landmarks (but no a walking tour). 

    If this sounds good for you, please feel free to drop an email to our office at info@eyesofrome.com and our competitive staff will be able to accommodate your request, you are in good hands!

    Enjoy your holidays!



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Info about your Ancient Ostia Tour:

  • Private Tour: This is a private tour – your party only.
  • Tour Time: Approximately 4 hours, transfers from and to Rome are included. Adding optional sites will extend your tour time.
  • Tour Start Time: 9:30AM 
  • Tickets: Admission tickets for each participant are included in the total price. We will provide your fast line tickets access to the sites.
  • Children Tour for Free: Children aged 17 and under tour free with paying parents. However reduced tickets are required for children aged between 6 and 17. Kids between 0 and 5 do not require a ticket.
  • Design Your Own Experience: Sites visited are based on the pace of our average client. If you prefer a more leisurely pace, you can opt to see fewer sites. With a private guide, your tour is catered to your interests and activity level.
  • Mobility Impaired: Our tours involve a fair amount of walking. Please contact us if you are interested in modifying any of the tours for those who have trouble walking.
  • Guide Requests: Eyes of Rome will make every effort to schedule the guide you have requested, however, sometimes it is not possible due to schedule conflicts or time off. We appreciate your understanding in this matter.