Ostia Tour

Travel back in time and take a stroll through a marvelous ancient Roman city
Pick-up, drop-off, skip-the-line & transportation in a Mercedes car or van included!

Duration

about 5 hours

Skip-the-line tickets

Pick up at your hotel & Drop off

Private Transportation

Professional Guides

Activity level

moderate

Sights Included

Visit marvelous Roman Buildings
– Baths of Neptune and Baths of the Forum
– Temple of Juppiter, Juno, and Minerva
– Theater…and more!
Discover daily life in the Roman age!
– Walk on ancient Roman roads
– See where the ancient Romans lived and ate
– Walk on original paved roads
Enjoy Roman Art
– See lovely mosaics
– Touch ancient marbles
– Admire colorful frescoes!

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Led by our founder Giovanni, professional tour guide and archaeologist.

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Tour Description

Our Ostia Tour is the perfect choice for all the history buffs and lovers of ruins, but also for travelers who want to escape the crowds and have a relaxing time in a unique setting.

Why visit Pompeii, when you can go to Ostia?

Pompeii is the most famous ancient Roman town in the world. And, for a reason: it’s very well preserved. A tour of Pompeii can give you the impression of traveling back in time and experience the daily life of the Romans.

But, it’s extremely crowded, and it is three hours away from Rome.

Only a few people know that, just a few miles from Rome, there is an archaeological site that is just as fascinating as Pompeii: Ostia Antica.

Ostia was a really important city back in the Roman age. It was the port of Rome and one of the main trading hubs in the Mediterranean.

Any kind of good that reached Rome had to go through Ostia first: grain, olive oil, wine, but also granite obelisks from Egypt and marble statues from Greece, ended their journey throughout the Mediterranean in Ostia and then proceeded towards Rome via the Tiber river or the regular road.

As a town frequented by traders from all over, Ostia was a multi-cultural center that welcomed travelers and residents.

Your Ostia Tour itinerary

Our Ostia Tour will start at your hotel, where your driver and your guide will pick you up. You’ll reach Ostia in about 45 minutes, and then you’ll start your exploration of the city.

First, you will walk through the necropolis, the cemetery of Ostia, which is right outside the city walls.

Then, you’ll enter through the main gate and walk on Ostia main street, whose paving is still really well preserved.

You’ll continue your exploration of the city by visiting the theater, built in the 1st century AD and still in use today. Then, you’ll explore the “Piazzale delle Corporazioni” and proceed towards the Forum, the “heart” of Ostia.

The Forum of Ostia was the city’s main square, and it boasts of some impressive buildings such as the temple of Jupiter, Juno, and Minerva, and the Temple of Rome and Augustus.

Near the Forum, you will see the baths, which still have lots of its original marble decoration.

What does a Roman bathroom look like? Well, you’ll see one near the Forum, and you’ll probably be shocked…

Then, you will visit a thermopolium, an ancestor of our modern fast-food restaurants, and many other interesting buildings. 

During your Ostia Tour, you will see the houses where the ancient Romans lived, and also the temples, the mosaics, and the tombs. All of that in a setting that is not crowded at all, and pretty much ignored by mass-tourism.

Visiting Ostia makes you feel like a traveler, not like a tourist, and it gives you the unique chance to take a break from the modern world and just take a stroll in the Roman age.

IMPORTANT INFO!

You MUST bring an ID, a passport or a driver’s license to enter the sights.

This price is for groups of a maximum of six 6 people. Contact us if you have a bigger group

Pricing
790 € for 1 person
69 € per additional adult
What's included
Skip-the-line tickets
Transportation

in a Mercedes van or car

Pick-up & drop-off at your hotel

if in Rome city center

Contact us if you want more info or to design a tailored tour!
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    Michelle
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    We were amazed by the service we received in Rome and even in Benevento. Giovanni went above and beyond to organize tours and transportation for our family of 15 traveling. Massimo was an incredible and knowledgeable tour guide in Rome. He made it fun for the kids and knew when to take a break. Provided water and an amazing lunch spot for us all. We still are talking about some of the stories he told us. Stefano met us at the train in Benevento and was only supposed to drive us through San Bartolomeo, my father's hometown. But he pulled up my father's and grandfather's genealogy and found some interesting facts that were amazing to find out. He printed and laminated it for us to take. It was an emotional day but such a wonderful part of the trip. The minibus was perfect for everyone to fit comfortably and head over to Almafi. Thank you Giovanni and your amazing staff for making this trip one of the most memorable trips ever!!!
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    Giovanni was so exceptional at his job that you left the trip feeling torn between wanting to tell the World and also keeping him a best kept secret. Everything that he had orchestrated happened, seamlessly for us as if he had choreographed the entire country of Italy to show up, act, behave on queue. I put together a lot of trips, all over the world, for a group of around 20 friends each adventure. As the chief coordinator, you are always a little concerned about third party tours and tour guides: will everyone show up, is this a scam, can they speak English? Giovanni had infinite patience answering my questions and provided so much detail about our adventure, that everyone knew what to expect ahead of time. He took into consideration everyone’s interest, abilities and aptitudes. We saw a side of Italy that felt intimate and entertaining. There are not enough stars in the galaxy to award him.
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    What a great experience for me and my family to have these private tours planned by Giovanni. We wanted a curated set of events during our time in Rome and Florence and Gio delivered such a wonderful set of activities to suit my husband and I and our two teenagers. Each of the four days was a memorable experience. Alex was so fantastic and I would recommend him highly- we had one our best meals with him just learning from him and having great conversation. Andres in Florence was a blast and incredibly connected to the history of the area, just a wealth of information so much so that we are definitely coming back to Florence to spend more time. Caterina walked us through the Roman ruins and the Colosseum which was awe inspiring. And, one of the best things we did which I highly recommend is a pasta making class with Romina. We learned to make two dishes with her and then ate the food we had prepared. Such a great way to spend our time connecting to Roma. Thank you Gio and to all our guides! We will cherish our memories made together.
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    Giovanni-thank you for a wonderful itinerary of guided visits to all the sights in Rome! We so appreciated the communication and detailed planning that ensured our visits to the Vatican/St. Peter's, Colosseum, Hadrian's Villa and Florence came off without a hitch.
    Your guides are so friendly and knowledgeable. They made the history accessible and enriching.
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    I highly recommend Italian ArtVentures. We decided to use a private tour company, rather than the cruise ship excursions, and we were not disappointed. Giovanni was excellent at planning. We booked a tour in Rome and Pompeii. Giovanni was able to customize a tour that was special to us, so we could visit the LDS temple. Maria was our guide at the Vatican. She was fun, smart, and thoughtful. She translated for us as needed and was able to answer all of our questions. One major bonus of having a tour guide is skipping the line for St. Peter's Basilica. Our driver was awesome, traveling quickly and safely. The van was new, clean, and comfortable. We asked for a restaurant recommendation, and Giovanni made us reservations for Amalfi. It was incredible. The next day, we went to Pompeii with Stefano. He was fantastic. He made sure we saw the highlights and we avoided the crowds because of his expertise in the area. Booking was simple, communication was excellent, the cost was well worth what you get. This company is very professional. Totally awesome experience!
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    Truly outstanding experience visiting the Vatican with Maria! She was the perfect guide - knowledgable, smart, funny, passionate about the subject matter. She had a deep knowledge of the art, architecture, history, and the religious significance of the whole area, and gave us thoughtful, interesting commentary throughout our tour. Although she seemed to have a bottomless knowledge of everything, she also knew how to present the information in a way that was considered, insightful, and crucially, not too overwhelming for us. As we walked, she called attention to many things, some big, others details that could easily be missed. She was well prepared, but also brilliant at answering questions and flexible about following our interests. Several times she pointed out a small detail, then drew a connection back to it later in the tour. She knew the Vatican, Sistine Chapel, courtyard and Basilica like the back of her hand, steering us to less crowded routes and perfect viewing vantages. One of us is Catholic, and one of us loves art, and Maria brilliantly held both our interests throughout the tour. Highly Recommend!
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