Guided Tours of Ancient Ostia – Scavi di Ostia Antica
Boat Cruise on Tiber River & Guided Tour of the Scavi of Ancient Ostia
Boat Cruise on Tiber River & Tour of the Scavi of Ancient Ostia – Full Day Excursion
A unique tour discovering the River Tiber outside the city walls. The Boat Cruise along the river is an extremely pleasant and relaxing way to discover Rome’s sacred River. Along the way to the open sea, the River reveals the ruins of the past, as well as a rich and vivid variety of birds and other animals living in this natural environment. The Cruise take about 2 hours and along the trip a small coffee break will be offered to our guests. On the arrival at the Scavi of Ancient Ostia there will be a 45 minutes break at the local caffeteria before the guided tour starts. (We recommend to bring your own food and have a picnic on the grass!)
Entering right in the middle of the old Roman town is a unique feeling and thanks to our guides the city will reveal its secrets and its beauty. its buildings, blocks, villas, thermal baths, temples of all religions, restaurants, public toilets told us the story of common people day-to-day-life in Ancient Rome age. The tour lasts about 2 hours, ending up a the metro station, the ride back to central Rome is about 40 minutes.
Starts: 9,45 AM every day from March to October, not availble Mondays. Duration: 2,30 hours Meeting Point: at “Ponte Marconi” Embarkment – Metro San Paolo Basilica
For Individuals EVERY SUNDAY and SATURDAY (With Reservation Only)
Price € per person, Includes One Way Trip from Rome to Ostia, Shuttle to the Scavi, Little refreshement onboard. Does not include guding in English, which can be arranged separately, and Entrace fees to the Scavi € per adult, under 18 yo Free.
For Groups of minimum 30 people every day except Mondays, € Including Guiding on the Boat and guide tour of Ancient Ostia, refreshment onboard . Not Including entrances to the Scavi .
Bigger than Pompeii, the Harbour city of Ancient Ostia lies at the mouth of the river Tiber. It was founded as the very first colony of Rome in the 6th century BC and was completely abandoned in the 6th century AD. Its buildings, blocks, villas, thermal baths, temples of all religions, restaurants, public toilets told us the story of common people day to day day life in the Roman age. The tour of the Scavi may take from a minimum of 2 hours for a general sightseeing of the most important public buildings as the Forum, the Thermal Baths, the Horrea and the Bakeries of 2nd century AD, from an entire day. Some of the highlights are the Mithreum of the Thermae, an underground temple for mysteric rituals, the domus, roman villas of the rich families, and the insulae, the mid-classe homes, very well preserved. You will enjoy the quiet and the superb atmosphere of one of the largest archeological areas you may found in Italy.
Our tour starts from the Via Ostiense, the original 13 miles paved roman road going from Rome to Ostia, along the last few hundred feet of the Via Ostiense there are several burial monuments, called colombaria, family chapels and other tombs from the I century BC to the IV AD. We’ll enter the city form the Porta Romana, partially preserved, and walking along the Decumano our guide will illustrate some of the apsects connected with the roman day life, as thermal baths, which were also used for sports, like boxing and swimming, personal care as waxing and massage, and of course for the baths including sauna. We’ll aslo include a stop in a roman “bar” called caupona where wine and snaks were offered to guests, or the thermopolium or popina, where the romans could buy a meal and eat it standing at the bar or seating outside on some benches. The bakeries including the well-preserved mills and the oven are always an highlight of the trip and after visiting the Forum, the central square where all the main religious services and the political ceremonies took place, we will stop by the original “restrooms” of roman times. A visit to Ancient Ostia may not be complete without a stop in the Roman Theatre, build in I century BC, one of Ancient Rome’s best preserved theatre still in use today.
Duration: 3 hours
Meeting Point: at the Entrance of the Scavi, or at Metro Station “Ostia Antica”
Private Tour Guide Price (per group up to 10 people): € 295
Entrance Tickets (per Person): € 10 euros Trasportation: not included, pick up/drop off service from the Hotel available upon request.