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Ostia Antica

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Ostia Antica
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Ancient Rome
400BC - 301BC
Ostia Antica
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Ostia Antica history

Ostia Antica is an extraordinary Roman site that contains the ruins of the ancient port town that served as the gateway to Rome.

Just half an hour from central Rome by train, Ostia Antica has all the inspiration of Pompeii without the throngs of tourists. In fact, if you want to examine well preserved Roman ruins in peace and quiet with time to contemplate the ancient world, you’ll be hard pressed to find better.

Tracing its roots back to at least the 4th century BC, Ostia Antica served as Rome’s principle port for hundreds of years, a witness and monument to the rise of the ancient superpower, its dominance and eventual decline.

Ostia Antica's place in history is most notable for an attack by pirates in 68BC which led to unprecedented powers being handed to Pompey the Great, setting yet another precedent which damaged the foundations of the Republican system.

As the landscape changed over the centuries, Ostia Antica was slowly abandoned, and the site is now a couple of miles from the sea.

Today, visitors can view a great many ruins from the ancient town, including a well preserved Roman theatre, the Baths of Neptune, remains of the military camp, temples to ancient deities, the forum and even Ostia Synagogue, which is the oldest known synagogue site in Europe.

Yet Ostia Antica is so much more than these notable elements, for it contains a huge range of well-preserved more typical Roman dwellings, shops, flats and warehouses and even has a Roman public toilet. This combines to give visitors a great picture of an ancient Roman town and allows you to get a real feel for day-to-day life in ancient Rome.

There is a small museum on site which has a number of artefacts and further information on the history of Ostia Antica. At certain times during the year Ostia Antica is also the venue for concerts and other events. This impressive site features as one of our Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Italy.


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An absolute gem of a site. I have to say this is a must for anyone visiting Rome. Just a short hop from Rom on the train and is a two-minute walk from the station. Walking down the main streets of Ostia Antica gives you a small sense of what life in a Roman town must have been like. A great site to visit, easily as good as the more famous sites of Rome, and far, far better than most.

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contact details

Address: Ostia Antica, 717 Via dei Romagnoli Rome 00119 Italy

Phone: +39 06 5635 8099

E-Mail: ostia@arti.beniculturali.it

visitor information

Directions to Ostia Antica:
By Train: Take the Metro to Piramide station (line B). From there take the Roma-Lido line to Ostia Antica station. The site is right next to the station, just walk over the small bridge to enter Ostia Antica.

Ostia Antica opening times and ticket prices:
Ostia Antica Tickets: Adults €6.50; Children €3.25. Opening Times: Core hours are 8.30am to 4pm with late closing in the summer months. Open Jan-Feb 8:30am-4pm, March 8:30am-5pm, from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October open 8:30am-6pm, from last Sunday in October to end of October open 8:30am-5pm, Nov-Dec open 8:30am-4pm. Closed Mondays, 1 Jan, 1 May, 25 December.

Local Amenities:
There is a cafe on site and a number of restaurants nearby.


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