On Ostia Antica Tour:
From 1 April to 31 October: Friday and Sunday
Duration: about 4 hours
Minimum 6 people
Situated amongst cypress and Mediterranean pine trees, the ruins of the port of ancient Rome reveal more than any other monument in the capital, what everyday life must have been like in ancient times.
Leaving Rome and following the road leading to the sea, Via del Mare, it takes about 30 minutes to reach Ostia, the Roman city of the Imperial age. Its Latin name ‘Ostium’ means ‘mouth of the river’, reflecting its position along the Tiber River. Ostia was founded around the 4th century BC by King Anco Marzio and became the harbor of Rome around which, throughout the following centuries, Ostia developed into a flourishing trade and business centre. Following the Barbarian invasions, the decline of Ostia began when the port was abandoned and became silted up. The archaeolgical excavations undertaken at the beginning of the 19th century have brought the ancient city back to light, a rare witness to 900 years of Roman civilization. During your walk through the ruins, your guide will tell you about the cultural and social life of this interesting commercial settlement. Your visit to Ostia Antica itself starts at ‘Via delle Tombe’ which leads to the ‘Porta Romana’, one of the city’s three gates. This is the beginning of the ‘Decumanus Maximus’, the main thoroughfare that crosses the city from northeast to southwest.
Then you will arrive at the ‘Terme di Nettuno’ where you can admire the beautiful black and white mosaics representing Neptune and Amphitrite, the Theatre built by Agrippa and the Forum which formed the centre of the city. Here you will discover the principle public buildings, ‘Il Capitolium’ and the temple of Rome and Augustus, the Basilica and the large thermal baths. Near the forum square you will also find the House of Diana and the ‘Thermopolium’ an ancient Roman bar with a marble counter and a fresco depicting the fruit and foodstuffs that were sold there. At the end of Via dei Dipinti, the Museo Ostiense displays some of the ancient sculptures and mosaics found among the ruins.
When to book?
Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.
Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.
Frequently asked questions
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Via Giovanni Amendola, 32 Termini Station (Metro A e B stop Termini)
|LOCATION OF START / RETURN||GREEN LINE TOURS – Booking Stazione Termini
Via Giovanni Amendola, 32 Roma
|PICK UP TIME||8:00
(From Hotel 6:45/7:45)
|RETURN TIME||About 12:00|
|CLOTHING||For safety reasons, you are permitted only medium and small backpacks. Nor are you allowed to carry large backpacks, camping gear, bulky bags, luggage or liquids.|
The tour is not recommended for people with walking difficulties.
Pick-up at your accommodation location, if within the Aurelian Walls. Is your hotel inside the Aurelian Walls? FIND OUT HERE.
If your B&B does not have a reception, please leave a telephone number while booking.
To ensure the on-schedule departure of the tour, all travelers need to wait for the pick-up service outside the accommodation location.
On the way back the bus will make stops at: Lungo Tevere Marzio, Piazza dei Tribunali/Zanardelli, Via Bissolati, Termini Station – GLT Terminal.
VIA GIOVANNI AMENDOLA 32GLT Terminal
ANCIENT OSTIAThe archaeolgical excavations of Ancient Ostia
TERME DI NETTUNOThe famous mosaics of Neptune and Amphitrite
Theater built by Agrippa
The Capitolium, the Temple of Rome and Augusto, the Basilica and the large Thermal baths of the Forum
WAY BACKThe bus will stop at:
VIA DEL TEATRO MARCELLO
LARGO DEL TRITONE
PIAZZA DELLA REPUBBLICA
PIAZZA INDIPENDENZA (Termini Station)
VIA GIOVANNI AMENDOLA 32
GREEN LINE TOURS Via Giovanni Amendola, 32, 00185 Roma RM