Highlights of this tour
- Skip the line
- Ancient Ostia
A few kilometers from Rome, you find what they call ‘Small Pompeii.’ Although a bit smaller than Pompeii, the locals say Ancient Ostia is more beautiful. And a lot closer to Rome! Your local knowledgeable driver-guide will meet you at your accommodation with private adapted transport and this is the start of your private 5-hour tour!
Discover living in the Roman Era. See the old houses and feel like a Roman Citizen of that time. During this tour, you learn about the people who used to live in Ancient Ostia. You explore the town itself and understand how the Romans colonized the city and how it eventually developed into an important trading port.
You also learn more about the processing of different trading goods such as marble from Africa and grains from Sicily, before the products made it way to Rome. You see ancient intact stores and enjoy the green areas. In Ancient Ostia, you find one of the best-preserved Roman theaters that, on certain occasions, is still used today. Besides the site, there is a small restaurant where you can enjoy a refreshing drink or a little lunch*
*Lunch not included
Being the largest archaeological site in Lazio, it is a must-see for everyone interested in the Roman Era. Even UNESCO classified the park as one of the major ancient attractions around Rome. To improve accessibility for wheelchair and scooter users, a new path has been created in 2015, making the most valuable parts of the excavations accessible to everyone.
Would you like to read more about Ancient Ostia and its accessibility? Click here.
This new path is 150 meters long and runs partly along the river, added to an existing route in the area of Piazzale Delle Corporazioni, and goes towards the Roman Theater. In total, the accessible path for wheelchair users is 500 meters long.
Please note that during winter months, the terrain can be very muddy and therefore may not be accessible at times.
Ancient Ostia is an old harbor town that was very important in the days of the Roman Empire. With the first settlement tracing back to the beginning of the 4th century, the town became the first Roman colony. Because of its location, the municipality developed quickly into a very important trading port and a gateway to Ancient Rome.
At the time, around 300 families lived in ancient Ostia. Their houses, shops, and amphitheater are very well preserved. In total, the town was about 50 hectares, divided into five neighborhoods. Accessible through three big gates on different sides.
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