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Ancient Ostia Antica Semi-Private Day Trip from Rome by Train with Guide

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Overview

Visit the ruins of Ostia Antica on this tour from Rome. Sometimes known as ‘the better Pompeii’ for the excellent preservation status of its buildings, forums and artwork, Ostia Antica is an archaeological site that was once the port city of Ancient Rome. Travel to and from the site by train, and then take a walking tour of the ruins with a guide. Be wowed by the intact condition of ancient structures such as the amphitheater, Baths of Neptune, taverns and more.
  • Half-day Ostia Antica tour from Rome
  • See Ostia's Amphitheatre, Forum of the Corporations, Collegiate Temple and public baths
  • Small group tour with a professional guide
  • Train tickets included
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Professional guide
Train ticket to and from Rome
Semi Private group of 12 people max
Ancient Ostia entrance ticket
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks, unless specified
Province of Rome , Province of Rome, Province of Rome, Lazio

Cafe Piramide, when facing the Piramide metro (Line B – the blue line) stop on your right hand side is the cafè, just in view of the train tracks and the exit from the trains. You can recognize the cafè by the red umbrellas on the tables outside.

9:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Your tour starts at a meeting location in Rome, where you’ll meet your guide, who provides your round-trip train ticket. Then hop aboard the train for the ride southwest of Rome to Ostia Antica, which lies near the coast.

When you arrive, take a leisurely walking tour through the ancient ruins, noting their highly preserved state for which this archaeological site is so renowned. Dating as far back as the 4th century BC, the ruins include structures like an amphitheater, the Forum of the Corporations, the Collegiate Temple, taverns and public baths. Once home to more than 100,000 people, Ostia was the port city of Ancient Rome.

Walk along the main road, Decumanus Maximus, while your guide tells you stories about life in town. Admire the intact Roman statues that line the walkways; pass by the Baths of Neptune, crowned by a mosaic that depicts the Roman god of the sea behind a 4-hourse chariot; and take a seat in the amphitheater, which dates back to 12 BC and was built to hold 3,500 spectators. Shops and apartments make up some of the smaller buildings.

When your time at the site is up, you’ll return to Rome by train.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Rome
Meeting place prior to start the tour
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica
Your tour starts at a meeting location in Rome, where you’ll meet your guide, who provides your round-trip train ticket. Then hop aboard the train for the ride southwest of Rome to Ostia Antica, which lies near the coast. When you arrive, take a 2.5-hour leisurely walking tour through the ancient ruins, noting their highly preserved state for which this archaeological site is so renowned. Dating as far back as the 4th century BC, the ruins include structures like an amphitheater, the Forum of the Corporations, the Collegiate Temple, taverns and public baths. Once home to more than 100,000 people, Ostia was the port city of Ancient Rome. Walk along the main road, Decumanus Maximus, while your guide tells you stories about life in town. Admire the intact Roman statues that line the walkways; pass by the Baths of Neptune, crowned by a mosaic that depicts the Roman god of the sea behind a 4-hourse chariot; and take a seat in the amphitheater, which dates back to 12 BC and was built to hold 3,500 spectators. Shops and apartments make up some of the smaller buildings. When your time at the site is up, you’ll return to Rome by train.
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children under the age of 18 might be requested to show their ID card at the entrance of the site, so please bring it with you on the tour.
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY City Wonders Ltd
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Ancient Ostia Antica Semi-Private Day Trip from Rome by Train with Guide?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Ancient Ostia Antica Semi-Private Day Trip from Rome by Train with Guide.
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What is the social distancing policy during Ancient Ostia Antica Semi-Private Day Trip from Rome by Train with Guide?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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  • "if you are interested in roman urban structures this tour is highly recommended" See review
  • "We preferred this tour to the Pompeii tour, so if you're not sure if you have time for Ostia, I would suggest making the time." See review

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star-1
Tour was cancelled
Charles_P
, May 2022
Never got to go. Tour was cancelled by company less than 24 hours before scheduled. No time to reschedule. ☹️
icon Response from Host , May 2022
We are very sorry about your experience. Like many companies in the travel industry, City Wonders faced an unprecedented post-pandemic surge in demand during the past few weeks. This combined with Covid-related impacts caused operational issues, which we are working around the clock to resolve as quickly as possible. What you experienced is not the typical excellent service that City Wonders is known for, and we truly apologize. Please contact us directly if you have any extra queries with your full name & Viator booking reference at customer.service@citywonders.com.
star-3
Tour cancelled last minute by vendor
Kathleen_M
, May 2022
Tour cancelled by vendor one day prior to event. Very disappointed. Have done tour previously and was sad not to have the opportunity for family to share the experience.
star-5
Understanding ancient Rome in the context of Ostia
Patrick_M
, Sep 2021
Our guide was brilliant. He showed us everyday living in ancient Rome and made the site come alive. You cannot miss this if you want to how ancient Rome functioned.
star-1
Cancelled tour
amanda_h
, Aug 2021
The tour company cancelled so there was no tour. Did not get a notice until the day before. Reason given - not enough people signed up. Glad I could get AND check my email in Rome. Why can’t I get an sms text message that a tour is cancelled?
star-5
Hidden Jem just outside Rome
Karen_M
, Nov 2019
No crowds, excellent ruins, fantastic informative guide. Did this on my own during a scheduled bus tour. Easy to reach the meet point by metro. Guide was outstanding. Learned a lot. You can stay as long as you want at the ruins and return on your own on the train. A highlight of my trip.Enjoyed as much or more than Pompeii.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
A Day in Ostia Antica
Gary_W
, Nov 2019
Excellent guide and an interesting insight into Roman life. Took the train from Rome and spent a day exploring this ancient seaport.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
great
thomasemile
, Nov 2019
an amazing site (best to get an idea of a roman city beside pompei and herculaneum), exelent guide, perfect weather
star-5
Great guide
Sightseer51910207058
, Nov 2019
Our guide, Silvia, was wonderful. I like it that you had the option of staying after the tour was over to explore more before taking the train home. Super interesting site - I’m really glad I went.
star-5
great
Thomas_H
, Nov 2019
amazing site (only comparable with pompei and herculaneum but less crowded), exelent guide, perfect weather (can't guaranty for that). if you are interested in roman urban structures this tour is highly recommended
star-5
Great experience
Jennifer L
, Jul 2019
The tour guide Andrea was very knowledgeable and the tour was a great experience. Loved that you got all of the history and then could stay to explore if you wanted.

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