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“Ostia Antica, (Roman Pompeii - no crowds) & Protestant Cemetery”

Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica
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Ancient Ostia Guided Tour for Kids and Families
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Present day site of sprawling ruins of a densely populated Roman city at the mouth of the river Tiber.
Reviewed 3 June 2014

15 minute train journey from Pirimide underground / St Paul Station on the Rome Lido line? The BIT Rome transport passes cover this route. Entrance only 300 metres from station.
The diet is the ancient port for Rome which was abandoned when the river silted. Just like Pompeii it was preserved for nearly two thousand years under the silt.
Some remarkably well preserved remains make it easy to imagine daily life in these streets and buildings of this vast site. Few, if any restrictions as to where you can wander.
Many wonderful spots to picnic or rest up. Good cafe and bookshop on site.
On return journey it would be easy to take in the burial site of Keats and Shelley at the Protestant Cemetery that is three minutes walk from Pirimide underground station.
Entrance to Ostia Antica - 11 Euros (well spent)
Entrance to Protestant Cemetery - free (suggested donation of 5 Euro)

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Reviewed 3 June 2014

These ancient ruins are less than an hour away from Rome's Termini train station. Take the B Metro to Piramide stop, then take the train from there to the Ostia Antica stop. Walk across the foot bridge and you are there, all for 1.5 euro's each way and a 11 euro entrance fee! The town was the ancient seaport of Rome. This area is large, and there must be hundreds of ruins and a Roman amphitheater. This site may be better than the Roman Forum, and a couple we met said better than Pompeii. But, it is uncrowded and there is lots of shade due to its almost park-like setting. It is well worth the trip. And, if you have time, get back on the train and continue to one of the last 3 stops which are beach towns on the Mediterranean. You will see how the Roman's beat the heat of summer. Most of the beach areas are private clubs, but it is still a pleasant walk.

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Reviewed 2 June 2014

Use your metro pass to get out of Rome (B line to Lido line). It takes about 30-45 minutes from the Termini area of Rome. After a very short (5 minute) walk from the train station you will find this archaeological site. The site is very large and you are given free range to roam around and explore this former port city. There are some amazing ruins to view and you can spend a lot of time here. Keep it mind that it can get dusty and be prepared with sturdy shoes to walk over the rock-paved roads.
Near the center of the site is a cafeteria with bathrooms and food. The food is decently priced and gives you a chance to rest before continuing to explore. The site is full of signage and you can get a map at the ticket booth. If you want a detailed history lesson read the signs and do some pre-research at home before arriving. But if you aren't into the history you can still enjoy walking through all the ruins.
Lastly, just a couple exits west on the train is the city of Lido which had a beach for you to take a stroll after viewing the ruins.

2  Thank Myles44
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

Not far from Rome on the metro you can reach Ostia. It is preserved better than the other sites.. You are free to explore on your own or there are freelance guides from the university that for a fee will show you around..there is a bookshop and cafe on the property..

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Reviewed 2 June 2014

I cannot stress how great of a value a visit to Ostia Antica is. My husband and I went to Dublin, Rome, and Paris on this trip--and we both agreed Ostia Antica blew any other attractions out of the water. It's only 8 euro to get in if you are a non-EU resident adult. We easily spent 4 1/2 hours touring it and only saw about 60% of it during that time.

Transport: It's very easy to get to from Rome. (Note: if you will be using public transit in Rome, I HIGHLY recommend downloading "Rome Map offline-Your ultimate Italy Roma Pocket..." by Fun Ying Fong. Nothing else was comparable, and transport in Rome is extremely difficult to understand.) Just get off the train at the Ostia Antica stop. Use the pedestrian bridge to cross the road. Continue walking straight for about 4 minutes, cross a two lane road, and walk alongside a restaurant (straight) till you reach the site.

Logistics: Technically you are not allowed to eat or drink anything in the site, but we saw many people doing so anyway. To be fair, you really can't go this long without needing some water and food. If you will be consuming such, please do so away from the tiles and buildings and do not leave any trash. You will need sunscreen and extremely comfortable shoes (I was fine in well-supported ballet flats). The ground is mostly gravel/dirt, cobblestones. In some places it is a little overgrown, so maybe leave the dresses/short shorts at home (unless it's very hot). Dress in lightweight, removable layers for best comfort.

The site opens with the necropolis which I found to be utterly fascinating and spent entirely too much time in. Miraculously, the rest of the site is even cooler. There are mosaics, paintings, entire houses still standing--everything I ever dreamed of when thinking of Roman ruins. Wander EVERYWHERE. There's always something wonderful waiting to be discovered.

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