Ancient Ostia & its Archaeological Area

Habits and Customs of Ancient Rome: A detailed visit to the Ancient Seaport

Focus

  • Archeology
  • History

What makes this tour Special

Discover one of the most impressive and large ancient Roman sites ever found, worth comparing to the famous ruins of Pompeii

Experience daily life in ancient Rome thanks to a greatly preserved ancient environment

Enjoy a relaxed day tour just outside Rome with your private driver and guide

What to Expect

PRIVATE TOUR

Enjoy your tour with your own private tour expert at your party's disposal only

DURATION

5 hours

START TIME

09:00

PRIVATE DRIVER

Meet&Greet at your hotel/accomodation. Private Driver included throughout the tour

NOT AVAILABLE

Monday

KID FRIENDLY

This tour is suitable for kids of all ages

ENTRANCE TICKETS

Entrance tickets are included! Enjoy your tour!

What's Included
  • Blue badge certified private tour guide
  • Skip the line access
  • Reservation fees
  • Meet & greet your private guide at your hotel or accommodation
Not Included/ Optional Extras
  • Meals
  • Extras

Sites you’ll visit

  • Ancient Ostia
  • Ostia Antica was originally located on the Mediterranean coast at the mouth of the Tiber River and was indeed a port of republican Rome as well as a commercial centre under the empire (after 27 b.C.). Baths, temples, and warehouses were built to support a thriving community of approximately 50,000 inhabitants. Its ruins are today compared to the world-famous Pompeii archeological area.

Tour description

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.

Useful information

  • During the summer season we recommend bringing water with you.
  • Comfortable shoes are highly recommended
  • The tour is not recommended to wheelchair users

Cancellation Policy

Please note that Eyes of Rome® applies the following cancellation policy for the selected product:

  • Eyes of Rome operates on a Full Refund Policy of the amount paid during the booking for cancellations made with 30-days minimum notice
  • For cancellations/amendments requested from 30 to 3 days from the tour starting time, Eyes of Rome reserves the right to charge or hold from the downpayment % of your booking
  • For no shows on the day of the tour or cancellations/amendments requested less than 72 hours from the tour starting time, Eyes of Rome reserves the right to hold the amount paid during check out and charge any remaining balance for incomplete payments

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