Ostia Antica, the ancient Roman port city near Rome

Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica, the old Roman port

 

The Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica is located 30 kilometers from Rome. Here the old Roman port city has been uncovered and you can walk through 100 hectares of Roman excavations.

Info Ostia Antica

address Via dei Romagnoli, 717, Rome
metro How do I get from Rome to Ostia Antica? From the center of Rome, take the metro to the Piramide stop (line B). In Piramide, you can take the Roma-Ostia train (RL Cristoforo Colombo line) to the station. After 27 minutes get off at the seventh stop, ‘Ostia Antica’. After a 5 minute walk you are at the entrance to the park. You can buy a regular metro ticket for the entire trip.
Tickets
  • Tickets adults € 10
  • 0-18 years: free admission
  • Free on the first Sunday of each month
  • Guided tours including train ticket and entry from € 59
hours
  • Closed on Mondays and January 1st, May 1st and December 25th.
  • The last Sunday from October to February 15: 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.
  • February 16 to March 15: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • March 16 to the last Saturday in March: 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • The last Sunday from March to August 31: 8:30 a.m. – 7:15 p.m.
  • September 1st to 30th: 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • October 1 to the last Saturday in October: 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Tips
  • If you would like extensive background information on the excavations.
  • There is a restaurant at the entrance to the park and the museum. However, since the archaeological park is quite large, it is advisable to bring plenty of drinking water.
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Excavations of Ostia Antica

Located about 30 kilometers west of Rome Ostia Antica. This is the former Port city of Rome and now a huge 100 hectare archaeological park with a lot of excavations. It’s a fun day trip from Rome. You can spend hours exploring the myriad ruins.

In the 7th century BC The port city was founded for trade and as a military base. It was not until the 2nd century AD that the port city grew considerably. The city lay on the banks of the Tiber and the name ‘Ostia‘was derived from the Latin ostium, which means mouth. As the port began to silt up in the 2nd century AD, the 100,000+ people who called this city home in its heyday slowly left the city.

Ostia Antica is one of the best-preserved Roman cities in Italy, although the city was widely used as a source of marble, columns, and other building materials. If you are wondering where the sea is during your visit, please note that due to the changing coastlines, it is only a few kilometers away. The course of the main river of the Tiber has also changed.

The archaeological park is home to many excavations, such as that of a theater by Marcus Agripa for 3,000 men, many houses, baths and temples as well as countless mosaics. It is believed that around two thirds of the old town was exposed by the excavations. The archaeological park of Ostia Antica is highly recommended if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of Rome and spend a few hours exploring the many Roman ruins.


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