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Private Ostia Antica Tour
Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, SUN
Pick-up at your hotel, more details at booking
Your private driver and guide will pick you up from your accommodation in Rome to take you on an exciting 4 hour tour dedicated to Ostia Antica.
During the short drive from Rome, only 30 kilometers, your guide will give you some background historical information preparing you for your visit of this town which is believed to be one of Rome’s first colonies.
This ancient town is so well preserved that as you walk around you will be able to see what would have been the daily life of a roman. This large archaeological site has an amazing collection of well-preserved frescoes, buildings and gorgeous mosaics.
Your guided tour will including the oldest buildings discovered, the military camp and the Temple of Jupiter Juno and Minerva, dated around the 3 century BC. Enjoy the gorgeous mosaics and frescoes, as you sit for few minutes on the stairs of the elegant theater.
You will be able to see the many transformations of the city unveiled before your eyes. Ostia was a major port for the Roman Empire; the beautiful city then, during the late Roman era, turned into a country retreat for the Roman aristocracy; while after the fall of the empire sadly it became an unstable town constantly attacked by pirates.
At the end of your guided tour meet your driver again for your return to Rome.
– Round trip transportation with private car
– Expert English speaking local guide at disposal
– Entrance Fees at Ostia Antica Archaeological Park
– Visit of Ostia Antica Archaeological Park
– Visit of Military Camp
– Visit of Temple of Jupiter Juno and Minerva
– Visit of the Ancient Theater
– Confirmation will be received at time of booking
– Voucher and detailed operator information, including local emergency numbers will be received three weeks before the date of your tour.
– Adult pricing applies to all travelers
– We suggest wearing comfortable shoes and clothes as Ostia Antica has uneven terrain. During summer we suggest to bring a hat, sunscreen and a bottle of water.
Pick-up at your accommodation
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Ostia was probably Roman Empires first colony.
The city, situated at the mouth of the Tiber River, was Rome’s seaport. Thanks to years of silting the site is now located 3 kilometers from the sea.
In 68 BC Ostia was attacked by pirates and partly destroyed. When it was reconstructed protective walls were added.
When Constantine I became Emperor Ostia started a slow decline. Other ports were built and the city turned into a country retreat for rich people. With the end of the Empire Ostia was abandoned.
During the Baroque period many architects used the site as a marble’s warehouse; several of the Baroque palaces present in Rome were built with Ostia’s marble. Also ancient objects and statues were “sacked” during this period.
The Popes started to gain interest in the site, but only under Mussolini the site was explored by archeologists. The excavations, interrupted by the Second World War, helped to rediscover many buildings from the republican period.
A Synagogue was also discovered around the second half of the 20th century. The Ostia Synagogue is the oldest one found in Europe.
Extremely interesting is the visit of the public latrinas literally latrines. It seems very strange to us now but in the times of the Romans, public latrines were places to socialize. This area of Ostia reveals the importance of this custom.
The amazing theatre of Ostia is also a must see. This well preserved site offers a wonderful view of the ancient streets. A wonderful spot from which to cast yourself back in time!