Ostia Antica was founded around the 4th century B.C. and became the harbour of Rome around which, throughout the following centuries, a flourishing trade and business centre developed. Following the Barbarian invasions, the decline of Ostia Antica began when the port was abandoned and became silted up. The archaeological 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.
A leisurely walking tour through the Ostia Antica ruins is extremely rewarding. The highlights include the Roman theatre, the impressive Forum and large thermal baths. Many of the buildings are preserved up to the second storey, imparting a powerful sense of the past.
You will be picked up from your hotel (or, alternatively, you have to make your way to tour’s starting point at Via G. Amendola 32) and taken in a luxurious air-conditioned coach for a sightseeing tour of ancient Ostia Antica .
Leaving Rome and following the road leading to the sea, Via del Mare, it takes about 30 minutes to reach Ostia, the imperial Roman city whose Latin name ‘Ostium’ means ‘mouth of the river’, reflecting its position along the Tiber river.
On arriving at Ostia, you will begin your walking tour of the ruins of this ancient Roman port city. 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 north east to south west.
You will then 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 of Ostia.
After this fascinating stroll through the past you will board your coach and be dropped in the vicinity of your hotel or Via G. Amendola 32.
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.
This tour requires a minimum of 6 passengers to operate. If you book this tour and the minimum of 6 passengers is not met then you will be given the option to move to another departure date or a full refund will be given.
No drop off at the hotels but stops at: Via Veneto, Piazza Barberini, Piazza Venezia, Piazza della Repubblica, Termini Station and Terminal GLT