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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

My entire Rome vacation was wonderful and full of beauty and history, but the most fun we had was the day we spent at Ostia Antica.

The ruins of this ancient sea port are amazingly well preserved and the best part is that you can walk around in them, climb on them, explore and examine to your heart's content.

As you wander through the site it is easy to imagine it as a bustling, thriving port city. You can still see the murals in some of the houses. You can look down into the baths where the floors display mosaics of Neptune and sea creatures. The theater is very large and in front of it is the guild area with mosaics depicting the different types of shops and goods offered by the merchants. A bakery still has the mill stones and ovens. You can see the ruins of the oldest known synagogue outside of Israel.

There is so much to see here, I wish we had planned for more than one day. This is the type of place you could visit many times and see something different every time.

There is a cafe/gift shop/museum on the site. You can explore the site on your own or pay for a guided tour. I recommend exploring on your own, equipped with a map of the site.

In closing, if you are going to Rome, make sure you schedule yourself a day to spend at Ostia Antica. You will be glad you did.

Note: My trip was in November of 2011, not 2013.

Thank MandaLynne62
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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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