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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.
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Bevagna is a little beautiful town located in the province of Perugia, Umbria.
As many Umbrian cities Bevagna’s origin is Etruscan. When the roman took the Etruscan dominions it became a roman municipality.
The roman domination’s presence is still evident. Two temples, mosaics and an amphitheatre are visible when wondering around the city. The walls built during this period were destroyed and it is believed that the medieval fortification was built on top of the ancient one.
When the Lombards conquered central Italy Bevagna became part of the Duchy of Spoleto. In the year 1000 the town became a free commune. In 1152 Bevagna followed the unfortunate destiny of many cities of the area and it was destroyed by the Frederick Barbarossa’s army. Not even 100 years later what was rebuilt was destroyed again by the Count of Aquino. After few centuries of relative quiet Bevagna became part of the Papal States; in the late 19th century the city was annexed into the newly born Italian Reign.
Things to see
Piazza di Silvestri is the principal square of Bevagna. Palazzo dei Consoli, a beautiful example of gothic architecture, and the Church of St. Sylvester and St. Michael overlook the piazza. The two churches were built by the architects Brunello and Ridolfo during the 12th century. A fountain was added in the 19th century.
The Churches of St. Francis and of The Madonna of the Snow are worth a visit too. They were built on an area were once stand a Roman Temple and the Roman Bath.
The interesting city’s history is showcased in a small museum located in the city hall.
In June Bevagna hosts a Medieval Festival. The city streets become the stage of a “medieval city”, the visitor will feel the thrill of living in the past.
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!