Things To Do in Rome: Go On a Day Trip to Ostia Antica


If you’re a geek like I am and enjoys historical places particularly ancient ruins, then you should add a day trip to Ostia Antica in your bucket list. I took a bus tour from Rome and it’s about an hour away, you can actually go there by train but it’s really recommended to have a tour guide with you while you visit the site. Our tour guide was this lovely professor who knew very well Ostia Antica by heart, it was a very impressive and interesting trip for me.


Ostia Antica is an archaeological site of an entire ancient town, it used to be Rome’s seaport. It’s a massive site so be ready for a lot of walkings. It was really interesting for me because you get a feel of how people lived thousands of years ago and it will surprise you how similar it is to as how we live now – yes, they do have a bar. LOL.


Apart from the “bar”, you will also see Roman theatres of course, public baths with well-preserved mosaics on the floor, apartment buildings, necropolis, a forum, temples and artworks. It’s very easy to be engrossed on the “ancientness” of this place that I started to imagine the people who lived and worked in this place which used to be a port to supply all kinds of goods to Rome. It’s fascinating to walk on the cobbled stones on which people from thousands of centuries ago, have walked on as well. Our guide showed us a track on one of the cobbled-stone streets which she described as an actual track of the wagon wheels back in those days. It’s literally like going back in time.

Original mosaics in one of the public baths.

Original mosaics in one of the public baths.

I wouldn’t recommend it to visit for children though as they might get bored. A whole day can easily be spent here but make sure you’ve got a tour guide with you as it won’t be as interesting if you’ve got no idea what you’re looking at. I heard it’s actually better than the ruins in Pompeii. 🙂


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  • msozpinay August 12, 2013 at 10:32

    Hi! Just wondering how you booked this tour? And how long does the tour go for and does it allot time for you to explore and take pictures on your own? 🙂

    • Pinay Flying High August 12, 2013 at 12:51

      Hello! It was a part of the Trafalgar package that we are in. I’ve seen a lot of reviews about Rick Steve’s audio tour to this site, you might want to check it out.

      The tour was about 4 hours and yes, you’ve got a lot of time to go around and take photos. It’s a huge site though and even in that 4 hours we are unable to cover all of it. 🙂

      • msozpinay August 12, 2013 at 12:56

        Cool thanks! I’m doing a self itin but was thinking to find a daytour just for this site.. Will check my otions 🙂

        • Pinay Flying High August 12, 2013 at 13:47

          Yay!!!! Great! You’ll enjoy it. Take loads of photos. 😉

    • trainwestcan2espano August 13, 2013 at 18:47

      Yes, Booked Trafalgar part of Italy Holiday, spent about 3 hrs at Ostia enchanting place. That is me with hands clasped behind back in the amphitheater photo.

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