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Why Choose It?
- Explore the temples, amphitheaters, and ruins of Ostia Antica, Rome's answer to Pompeii.
- Immerse yourself in 2,000 years of history in the company of your expert, private guide.
- Experience a day in the life of the ancients as your guide breathes life into Ostia's ruins.
Embark on one of our unforgettable day trips from Rome to visit Ostia Antica, Rome’s answer to Pompeii. Once the port city of the imperial capital, Ostia Antica is the best-preserved ancient Roman city in the region. Home to a sprawling residential area, a working port, and an emporium.
You will get a glimpse of the Roman life of 2,000 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 2,000 years ago!
Ostia, the first Roman colony, immediately became 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.
Itinerary:Choose from one of the five possible itineraries
Included:Private licensed guideCar and driverOstia Antica entry
Meeting Point:Hotel Lobby
Our guides are fluent in English and have a contagious passion for the inspiring cultural heritage of our Italian cities. Experts in their fields, they will immerse you in the hidden histories and intriguing lives of history's great protagonists. So much to see, so easy to miss out: with the help of our guides, visit the most absorbing sites and uncover the stories that have changed the world. Don't miss this fascinating journey!
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- Darren R
A must do experience This cooking class was a highlight of our trip. We got to meet a young chef, Sara. She had us decide what to cook. Then we walked through... read moreThis cooking class was a highlight of our trip. We got to meet a young chef, Sara. She had us decide what to cook. Then we walked through the market to pick out some of the ingredients, the meats and such. Then we went back to their excellent small group kitchen. We had a wonderful time learning from Sara. She taught us to make ravioli and saltimbocca and tiramisu. It was fun and relaxed and extremely delicious. We thought the whole experience was splendid. 10 out of 10. read less - 9/26/2022
Best Food Tour We Took! My fiance and I capped off our first full day in Rome with this lovely food tour. Luca was friendly, excited, and knowledgeable. We got to try a ton of... read moreMy fiance and I capped off our first full day in Rome with this lovely food tour. Luca was friendly, excited, and knowledgeable. We got to try a ton of different food and even returned to one of the restaurants later in the week. The tour groups are kept small, so our group easily got to know each other throughout the tour. We were especially pleased with how accommodating it was: My fiance is a vegetarian and can be a bit of a picky eater, so he had low expectations going in and this ended up being his favorite activity all week! We actually had a couple of vegetarians in our group and there was always an equally hearty substitute whenever necessary. Super pleased with this experience and with Luca! Best part of our week! read less - 9/21/2022
- Emily W
Worth every penny. What an evening! This was without a doubt the highlight of my trip. A great evening with plenty of incredible local food and drink and a really good way to meet and... read moreThis was without a doubt the highlight of my trip. A great evening with plenty of incredible local food and drink and a really good way to meet and get to know other travellers. The small group size made it much more personal and conversation flowed all evening! Sara (our guide) was absolutely amazing - so friendly and chatty, and so full of knowledge about the local food and Rome/Trastevere's history. She could not have been better.
I'll be coming back to Rome and will definitely be booking this again. Thank you so much, Sara, for making my first trip to Rome that much better! read less - 9/21/2022
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His knowledge of Italian cuisine was exceptional, especially welcomed because it included more than just the well known dishes. He was funny and friendly, making our... read moreLuca Boccia was PHENOMENAL!
His knowledge of Italian cuisine was exceptional, especially welcomed because it included more than just the well known dishes. He was funny and friendly, making our time together unforgettable.
Most appreciated was his offer to remain a resource for the duration of our visit with DELICIOUS recommendations off the tourist path.
Well done Luca!!! read less - 9/11/2022
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