The Ancient Port City of Rome: Ostia Antica Full Day Immersion

Back to Tour List
The Short Story
With your expert guide, you'll arrive at the Piramide train station where you'll see a 2,000 year-old Roman Egyptian-style pyramid marking the ancient gateway to the ancient road to Ostia, Rome’s port city. On the train to Ostia Antica your guide will describe the background, history and daily life of this important archaeological site. Exploring the vast well-preserved archaeological park immersed in the green fields and pine and cypress forests of the Roman coast, we'll take off on an archaeological adventure to explore what was a thriving port town settled in the 4th century B.C.E., with a population of around 80,000 people at its height.
We will enter the city as the ancients did - through the gateway guarded by the colossal statue of Minerva Victoria. This vibrant port city boasted not only multi-storied apartment buildings, taverns, laundromats, and a public latrines but an impressive Greek-style theater erected by Agrippa with seating for 2,700 people on three levels. Behind the theater is the merchant or corporation square, a commercial center with over 70 offices ranging from companies of foreign representatives from all over the ancient world to local workers' guilds. A mosaic preserved in the floor outside of each office depicts the company trade from ship repair to importers of animals from Africa for the games in the Colosseum.

While commerce was extremely important, religion was taken just as seriously. Dozens of temples and sanctuaries represented a variety of gods from Hercules and Venus to Yahweh and the Christian God, all mingling together and representative of this multicultural population.

An important part of this visit is the small on-site museum featuring beautiful works of art found during decades of excavations, including the statue of Mithras Slaying the Bull from the Baths of Mithras, exquisite sculptures of Venus the goddess of love and elaborately carved sarcophagi. We'll visit what was once a full production bakery as well as an ancient fast food restaurant which looks like it could still be serving today! We will also enter some off-the-beaten-path sites featuring detailed mosaic floors and frescoes and see the remains of a gym (palestra) that showing boxers, gladiators, and an ancient representation of a soccer ball, and the local fire department. And the piece de la resistance will be a visit to the ruins of the ancient Jewish Synagogue with its oven for baking unleavened bread, the first in the Western World.

Related Tours

3 1 hr. 195

Full Day Chauffeured from Port of Rome (Civitavecchia) to Visit Rome Highlights with Private Guide

Take an exciting chauffeured tour of Rome from the port of Rome, Civitavecchia, with a private guide who will introduce the Eternal City through its most beautiful piazzas, churches, and historical and archaeological sites. Learn Rome's fascinating history from ancient times to the present while enjoying stunning panoramic views of the city.

View Tour
2 8 hr. 923

Viterbo, Villa Lante & the Farnese Palace in the Cimini Hills of Lazio

Private Chauffeured tour to the medieval city of Viterbo with a privately catered lunch in a private villa in Vetralla, complete with a visit to the splendid Farnese Palace in the company of a private, local English-speaking guide. This tour is perfect for Cruise Ship Guests as well as being a wonderful day trip from Rome or Umbria.

View Tour
4 6 hr. 1,024

Tivoli & Hadrian’s Villa with Chauffeur Guide

Travel to the ancient town of Tivoli and visit gorgeous villas with Roman ruins, elegant gardens, and sparkling fountains. Lunch at the renowned 'Tempio della Sibilla' carved out of an ancient Roman temple.

View Tour
4 9 hr. 810

Gothic Orvieto Day Trip from Rome with Private Guide

Spend a day in Orvieto with an expert private guide exploring one of the finest Gothic cathedrals in Italy, uncovering the ancient underground city, visiting slow-food delicatessens, shopping, and sampling the finest local cheeses, cured meats, and DOCG wines.

View Tour
2 4 hr. 420

Castelli Wine & Food Tour

Enjoy a day in the countryside within easy reach of Rome, exploring the historical town of Frascati. Experience it like the ancient Romans, who prized the area for its rich soil, fine grapes and abundant game. Delicate white wine, delightful aristocratic villas, and excellent cuisine await.

View Tour
5 5 hr. 430

Archeological Exploration of the Ancient Roman City of Ostia Antica

Enjoy a visit to the countryside just outside of Rome to the breath-taking archaeological site of Ostia Antica. Explore the maze-like ruins with your private guide and discover the many secrets this once-thriving port city still has to reveal about its past.

View Tour
4 12 hr. 1,080

Pompeii Amalfi Day Trip from Rome

Take an adventure south of Rome and enjoy the day visiting the spectacular ruins of Pompeii and the dramatic Amalfi coast with a private chauffeur-guide. Uncover the secrets of the ancient city of Pompeii and lunch atop the breathtaking Amalfi coast. Wander the narrow, scenic streets of Positano before returning in chauffeured luxury to your Rome hotel.

View Tour
4 4 hr. 1,024

Tivoli: the Villa d’Este & Hadrian’s Villa with Private Guide & Chauffeur

Take a drive in total comfort to the stunning ancient town of Tivoli, seat of the philosophical Emperor Hadrian and spend the day winding through olive-strewn ruins, elegant gardens and the piping fountains of the incomparable Villa d'Este.

View Tour
3 8 hr. 655

Gardens & Olive Groves of Upper Lazio

Journey into Lazio's lush countryside, just north of Rome with Susanna & Rudolph. Visit a variety of Renaissance and modern gardens, from the large and stately to smaller, more private grounds. In autumn you can also explore private olive groves, watch the olive harvests, and taste the first oil of the season atop fresh toasted bruschetta.

View Tour
3 8 hr. 760

Castelli Vineyards & Villages with Chauffeur

Take a day trip from Rome to the medieval villages and vineyards of the Castelli Romani to experience the best of what this rich region has to offer from its local wines and culinary specialties to its fascinating connections to the Ancients and Popes.

View Tour
2 8 hr. 923

Discovering Etruscan & Medieval Lazio

Viterbo, Vetralla & Tarquinia

Private Chauffeured tour to the medieval and Etruscan cities of Viterbo, Vetralla and Tarquinia with a private, local English-speaking guide. This tour is perfect for Cruise Ship Guests as well as being a wonderful day trip from Rome or Umbria.

View Tour
2 8 hr. 980

DOCG Lazio Food & Wine of the Hernici Hills & Castelli Romani

Experience the wonders found just outside of Rome, and enjoy local DOCG Lazio Food and Wine, ancient and medieval history, and breathtaking countryside.

View Tour
3 9 hr. 900

Orvieto & Civita di Bagnoregio Umbria Tour

Explore Orvieto and Civita di Bagnoregio and discover archaeological mysteries, an underground city, and the largest Gothic cathedral in Italy. Taste a variety of delicious local food and wines.

View Tour
3 8 hr. 665

Exploring Etruscan Tarquinia

Immerse yourself in Etruscan lore and art by visiting Tarquinia with our local guide. Tour the world's best-preserved Etruscan necropolis and painted tombs as well as Tarquinia's historic city center, medieval towers, and Archaeological museum housed in a gorgeous Renaissance palace.

View Tour