Ostia: Harbour City of Ancient Rome

Ostia Antica: the harbour of ancient Rome!

Ostia, as ancient Rome’s main port, welcomed grain, wine, livestock and olive oil from North Africa and Southern Italy to feed one million Romans. Yet despite it is one of the largest archaeological site, Ostia attracts one-ninth as many visitors as Pompeii.

Once a thriving city of around 60,000 people, today it gives an excellent look into ancient lives with docks, warehouses, apartments and mansions, shops, baths and temples. Founded around 600 BC as a source for salt to preserve meats, it was conquered by Rome in around 400 BC in order to become the city's fortress and port at the mouth of the Tiber River. As Rome expanded, it needed a bigger port so Ostia was abandoned. When the Roman Empire fell, Ostia became a ghost town - even the river moved away over time and Ostia became buried under river mud. This is what preserved it and leads some to now compare its preservation to that of Pompeii.

Ostia, just like Pompeii offers something that bustling Rome can’t: a chance to stroll through a continuous collection of ruins of a 2,000-year-old community. “Ostia is a door onto ancient Rome and is the best reflection of what the city was like in its heyday".

Join us for this tour to discover the daily life in a roman town. 

  • Tour led by archaeoligist and qualified guide. Your guide will meet you at your hotel and ride by train to Ostia scavi
  • Private walking  tour with entrance tickets included
  • learn about daily life in a roman town
  • Complimentary Food tastings and drinks
  • See Ostia's Amphitheatre, Forum and capitolium, public baths, private villas, insula and a termopolium
  • The tour can be fully personalized based on your personal interest and timeframe.

For personal quote and further information email: viaromatour@gmail.com

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