Guided Visit to Ancient Ostia


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  • Typology: Private tour
  • Duration: half day/ full day
  • Included: Private guide, car/van/limo with driver
  • Not-included: entrance fees
  • Operating Days: Sun; Tue; Wed; Thu; Fri; Sat;
  • Meeting Point: Hotel
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Guided Visit to Ostia Antica, the best preserved ancient port of Rome, the ancient Roman Pompeii.

This is your opportunity to experience Ostia Antica, the best preserved ancient Roman town which was a working port, the Emporium of Rome and then a residential area.

You will get a glimpse of the Roman life of 2000 years ago and visit the remains of warehouses, apartments, villas, fitness clubs, an ancient Mc Donald's, a launderette, several temples and a very impressive theater still used during the summer months.

Come and see life as it was 2000 years ago!

Ostia, the first Roman colony, became immediately a river port - finding itself at the mouth of the river Tiber - and acquired a commercial function to supply Rome with food stuff, particularly wheat, even if its strategic military function as naval base certainly prevailed.

The most ancient buildings currently visible are from the 3rd century BC, notably the Castrum (military camp); of a slightly later date is the Capitolium.

In 68 BC, the town was sacked by pirates. During the sack, the port was set on fire, the consular war fleet was destroyed, and two prominent senators were kidnapped. The town was then re-built, and provided with protective walls. Ostia itself was provided with all the services a town of the time could require; in particular, a famous lighthouse. Ostia even contained a synagogue, the earliest synagogue yet identified in Europe.

Ostia grew to 50,000 inhabitants in the 2nd century, reaching a peak of some 75,000 inhabitants in the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD.

Visitors can choose among five themed paths, according to the historical-cultural aspect in which they are mostly interested. So, coming back to Ostia Antica, they will be able to discover other aspects of this site, following another themed path.

1. Along the Decumanus

The commercial street. Marketplaces, public buildings, ways and places of production. The Fulloniche (Fuller's workshops), the huge Piazzale delle Corporazioni (Square of the Guilds), the tabernae (taberns), the theater and various warehouses.

2. From Porta Marina

Cults and religious communities. The Synagogue, the Mithraea. The Christian Basilica, the Round Temple and the Capitolium. The Campus of the Magna Mater.

3. The Forum and its surroundings

The political, commercial and religious center. The Forum, the Cardus Maximus, the Baths, the Capitolium, the Thermopolium, the Small Market, the Tabernae of Fishmongers (fishmongers'shops) and the Macellum, the Christian Basilica and the Round Temple.

4. Around via della Foce

The districts of the river port. Cults and religious buildings, residential neighborhoods, houses and spas with pictorial remains and mosaics.

5. Porta Marina and its surroundings

Houses and "modern buildings" in Ostia Antica. What's near Porta Marina, the domus, residential facilities, refreshments, sepulchral monuments.