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    Ostia Antica: The 'Pompeii of Rome'

Ostia Antica: The 'Pompeii of Rome'

  • City: Rome
  • Duration: Approximately 4 hours (including travel time)

Take an interesting half-day excursion from Rome to the city's ancient port at Ostia Antica. The 10,000-acre site boasts unique architectural remains like the oldest known Jewish Synagogue in Europe.


The beautifully preserved ruins of Ostia lie twenty miles from Rome, in the meadows between the Tiber River and the Tyrrhenian Sea. It was founded, probably in the 4th century BC, as a military colony to guard the river mouth against seaborne invasions. 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, the streets are so quiet one hears only the crickets in the trees and perhaps the echoes of ancient children playing stickball. 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.

Among the most significant remains are those of the city's stone theater, warehouses, and the oldest known Jewish Synagogue in Europe. Only just discovered in 1961, its unique setting and successive layers of various structures built in different centuries are a perfect illustration of the city's long and many-storied past.

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Sedan (1 - 2 people)
# of People Price
1 - 2 people $726.00 per group
Minivan (3 - 7 people)
# of People Price
3 - 6 people $797.02 per group
7 people $817.02 per group
Minibus (8 - 9 people)
# of People Price
8 people $895.00 per group
9 people $915.07 per group

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Additional Information

Transportation to and from Ostia Antica [approx. 30 minutes outside of Rome by car] is included in the price of the tour.

Departs from and returns to your Rome hotel.

Sites Included:

  • Private, air-conditioned vehicle with English-speaking driver
  • Private guided tour of Ostia Antica
  • Museum entrance tickets to be paid on site are approximately 11,00 euro total per person. This is subject to change as each site is independently operated.

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    This was an interesting and worthwhile half day trip from Rome for those that enjoy history. The remnants of the city are not quite as majestic as those of Pompeii or the Villa Romana del Casale, but perhaps that is not the point. The history is engaging and there are mosaics to enjoy. The tour did not allow for enough time to visit all of the area as it is large, so cannot comment on what we did not see. Our guide, Mauro, was truly exceptional. He was a scholar as well as an incredibly attentive and personable guide. Five stars for Mauro! In all, this was a wonderful trip away from the crowds of Rome.

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