`` Rome has grown since its humble beginnings that it is now overwhelmed by its own greatness``, Livy
Rome is beautiful in the summertime, but the hustle and bustle surrounding the main attractions and the heat sometimes can be a good reason to escape the city for half a day.
If you are looking for a unique experience and want to really travel back in time, the archaeological site of Ostia Antica lies 20 miles from the city of Rome and offers captivating insights into life at the height of the Roman empire. The stroll among the ruins of this city will be even more pleasant with the summer breeze and in the shadows of the pines.
For a few hours, you will feel what it was like to be an ancient Roman citizen as Ostia antica served as the busy port of Rome and still retains the characteristics of a II century A.D. town. The site is still well preserved, with its storehouses for grain, the offices for shippers and traders, bakeries, the theatre, bars, and even ancient public toilets!
You’ll explore the ruins of ancient houses, temples, and public buildings, including the stunning Terme di Nettuno, a vast complex of public baths dating back to the 2nd century AD. Marvel at the exquisite mosaics and frescoes that adorn the walls and floors of these ancient structures, and learn about the incredible engineering feats that made them possible.
We will take a glimpse of the life of the Romans by looking at their villas, their theatre, the main business center and the temples. We will discover that take-out restaurants already existed (thermopolium) as most people couldn’t afford the luxury of having a private kitchen.
Ostia is a great option for visitors who really would like to try the “ultimate Roman experience” and do not have the time to travel to Pompeii (a 3-hour drive from Rome), being also closer and quieter than Pompeii. The archaeological site of Ostia antica is also very convenient to reach in approximately 30 minutes by train from Piramide station in Rome. Your guide will accompany you on this short trip by train.
✓Ancient city gate
✓Baths of Neptune
✓ The Bakery
✓Temple of Mithras
✓Piazzale delle Corporazioni (trading center)
✓Forum of Ostia with Capitolium
✓Some ancient Roman houses (domus)