Private Tour

Ostia Antica Half Day Family Tour

Art & History
Family
Duration: 4 Hours
Languages: EN

The ancient town of Ostia Antica also known as the Better Pompeii is a marvelously preserved archaeological site perfect for a hands-on exploration. Enjoy an expertly planned tour with a friendly and knowledgeable guide and round trip transportation in a luxury car. If you love Roman history and archaeology put this private family tour from Rome on your must see list. Like Pompeii, Ostia Antica is an ancient Roman ghost town but this one comes with no crowds!


Perfect for:
  • Families with Kids
  • Art & History Lovers
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What to Expect

Explore the captivating ruins of Ostia Antica to uncover the secrets of this Roman port city. Today we take you on a carefully sketched trip to this beautiful and evocative archaeological park canopied with Umbrella Pines and Cypresses. Settle into your air-conditioned vehicle and in just a 40-minute ride you will be transported back to nearly 2,000 years ago! Along the way, your  kid-friendly guide —an archaeologist or classical historian- entertains you with rich and educating stories and before you know it, you’ll be arriving at the Empire’s port of Ostia Antica.

 

Walk along cobbled streets among ancient temples, houses, and shopping arcades in the footsteps of sailors and merchants. From the bakery to the fishmongers, from the bars, restaurants and thermal baths to the town square, every stop reveals images of a rich, bustling port life. Some buildings are three stories high and it is possible to climb the steps and view the sheer extent of the well-preserved ruins.

 

Follow your expert guide inside the amphitheater once used for gladiator fights as well as plays and hear captivating tales that keep the whole family engaged. There is no end to the fun, as you will even discover beautiful mosaic floors still in place at the many public baths and commercial trade centers, depicting mythical characters.

 

Taking a guided walk down Ostia Antica back lanes is a real archaeological scavenger hunt. The fun is in the detective work on finding out how the Romans lived and what did for entertainment. You will explore apartment buildings, temples, markets, bakeries, taverns, shipwright shops, cemeteries, a restaurant, a beautifully preserved theatre that is still used today for outdoor concerts and even a real latrine all giving a peek at Roman lifestyles.

 

As your stroll back through time, your guide opens your eyes to the world of the Romans with little-known details and compelling storytelling. This expertly planned half-day Ancient Ostia ruins tour from Rome has all the ingredients for a fun and educational family adventure. If you are interested in continuing to explore ancient Roman sites, we highly recommend our Kid Friendly Ancient Rome Colosseum Tour & our Rome Underground Private Family Tour with Catacombs & Crypts, two of our most popular kid friendly tours in Rome.

 

Ostia Antica Rome hidden gem was founded, probably in the 4th century BC, as a military colony to guard the river mouth against seaborne invasions. Later, during the centuries when virtually all imports reached the Capital via the Tiber, Ostia gained prominence as the domestic landing for cargo boats. By the 2nd century AD, it had become a flourishing commercial center inhabited by upwards of 100,000 people, whose apartment buildings, taverns, and grocery shops are still intact.

 

Although Ostia now sprawls over 10,000 acres, around a main street that runs for more than a mile, it is still easy to imagine the local shepherds who for centuries sheltered their animals amongst its ruins, for they are an integral part of the tranquil Roman countryside. As you walk along Ostia’s main street, the Decumanus Maximus, your feet settle into deep ruts left by carrucas, the four-wheeled carts used to ferry merchandise and baggage between Rome and Ostia.


Highlights

  • The Castle of Pope Julius II (from outside)
  • Decumanus Maximus (Main Street)
  • Amphitheater
  • Ancient Roman shops, bars and bakeries
  • Lavish Public Toilets: A twenty-four seater gallery
  • Casa di Diana: A high-density Roman apartment block
  • Forum: The public gathering and administrative center of Ostia
  • Capitolum Temple: Dedicated to the gods Jupiter, Juno and Minerva
  • Terme dei Sette Sapienti: Enormous, luxury bathhouse and frescoes
  • Temple of Heracles: Largest of the 2nd century CE temples

What Is Included

  • Private licensed professional local guide
  • Private driver
  • Private transportation in a luxury, air-conditioned vehicle
  • Tickets & reservation fees for skip the line access to Ostia Antica excavation site

What Is Not Included

  • Meals & Drinks
  • Tips & Gratuities (Optional)
  • Anything not expressly mentioned as included

Meeting Point

At your accommodation in Rome.

Important Information

This private tour is available on request any day except Mondays, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and Labour Day.


Good to Know Before You Go

  • We recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes.
  • During summer, expect high temperatures. Dress in layers. Sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat is suggested.
  • This tour is not suitable for wheelchair users or those with impaired mobility.

How to Book Your Private Tour

  • Send Us Your Inquiry
    Fill out the tour inquiry form and we will respond with availability and price quote.
  • Payment Policy
    The tour will only be reserved upon full payment in advance of the tour. We use industry leader Stripe for all card transactions.
  • Tour Voucher
    Within two business days of payment, we will email you a voucher with all the booking details including the meeting point and phone number. Such email constitutes your proof of purchase.

Tour FAQs

Why should I go for a day trip to Ostia Antica instead of Pompeii?

There are two reasons many of our clients in Rome choose to visit Ostia Antica over Pompeii. The first is that it's much closer and easier to reach. A visit from Rome to Pompeii can make for a very long day, even with a private car (up to three hours each way). The journey will have visitors spending more time commuting to and from Rome than actually walking the ancient ruins. While Ostia Antica is located just a 40 minute car ride (each way) from Rome. The second reason is that the ancient city of Ostia Antica, which is 10 times larger than Pompeii, is better preserved and off the beaten tourist path.

Is there a dress code on this tour?

We suggest that guests where comfortable athletic shoes, as the itinerary involves a fair amount of walking outside and the cobblestone streets can be problematic for those in dress shoes. Also, please check the weather conditions before you depart. Bringing an umbrella or rain gear on tour is always better that being wet and cold for hours.

Is the synagogue included in the itinerary?

The synagogue in Ostia Antica is located at the far end of the site. If you want to include it in the itinerary, please request this in your initial email inquiry so that we can shape the tour accordingly.

Why can’t I see a price?

We offer personalized, private travel experiences. The price depends on your party size and preferences.

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