Visit the Ostia Antica
The ruins of Ostia Antica are a fascinating and mysterious place. To fully understand the greatness of Rome, you have to pass between these places and walk among those remains that represent the imperial era, when Ostia was an important commercial and port center. Let´s visit the Ostia Antica. Today we are going to present you the best of Ostia Antica, its history, how to get there and lots of information so you don’t miss this attraction in Rome. Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patriciayou make the trip of your dreams!!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”
Ostia Antica represents time travel and is a fundamental step for all those who love art or want to immerse themselves in the life of the ancient Romans. Founded, according to legend, by the fourth king of Rome, Anco Marzio, given its exceptional state of conservation, it is an important testimony and, together with Pompeii, it is the largest archaeological site on the planet. Today the ruins of Ostia Antica are located halfway between Rome and Fiumicino, not far from Leonardo da Vinci airport or another important archaeological site, the Necropolis of Portus, and is easily accessible from Rome and Civitavecchia. Also read what to visit near Rome?
1) Let´s visit the Ostia Antica: VISIT THE EXCAVATIONS
The visit to the excavations at Ostia Antica can start with Decumanus Maximus, which is the main axis of the city and connects the Porta Romana (Roman Gate) to the Porta Marina (Sea Gate). Just across this street, you will find buildings, courtyards, warehouses, shops and old thermal bath centers that still preserve signs and beautiful descriptive mosaics. And it is through these buildings, such as the theater, the front square of the Corporations, the Forum, the Temple of Roma and Augustus, the Baths of Neptune, the Capitol and the Vigiles’ barracks (Barracks of the Fire Brigade), that it will be possible to redo the city’s history from the foundation until its progressive abandonment in the 5th century.
2) Let´s visit the Ostia Antica: VISIT THE STATUE OF WINGED MINERVA-VICTORIA, FORUM OF THE CORPORATIONS AND THE THEATER
In the old port city you enter through Porta Romana (Roman Gate), at the beginning of the road you can see an old market on the right side and the statue of winged Minerva-Victoria on the left side. In the northern area of Decumanus are the Forum of the Corporations and Theater, built by Augustus and capable of accommodating up to 4,000 spectators, in fact, it is still the star of Roman summers. Behind, on the right, there are the remains of the Baths of Neptune, with a beautiful mosaic of the god of the sea.
3) Let´s visit the Ostia Antica: VISIT THE CARDO MAXIMUS AND THE CAPITOL FORUM
A little further on is Ostia’s second main street, Cardo Maximus, which crosses the Capitol Forum, the religious and political center of the old mercantile city. Among the public buildings present, what stands out for its majesty and beauty is precisely the Capitol, the temple dedicated to the triad of Rome: Jupiter, the father of the gods, Juno, his wife, and Minerva, goddess of wisdom and war. Continuing along the Decumanus you can reach the sea, where there are other important buildings, especially the beautiful villas of the rich from the past. If you want, you can also detour and go along Via della Fosse (Mouth Street), which as the name suggests leads to the mouth of the river.
4) Let´s visit the Ostia Antica: VISIT THE HOUSE OF CUPID AND PSYCHE
Here are lined up some of the most important buildings, such as the impressive 2nd century Capitol, the Horrera Epagathiana, a huge warehouse, which is the only Christian basilica discovered in Ostia and the House of Cupid and Psyque, a typical residential house with a beautiful marble floor.
5) Let´s visit the Ostia Antica: VISIT THE OSTIAN MUSEUM
At the Ostian Museum, the excavation findings are on display. Ostia ceased to exist when imperial Rome began its decline and slowly layers of land, destruction and abandonment played their part, making it almost disappear for centuries. It was only in the 19th century that excavation campaigns began that led to the rebirth and recovery of Ostia, with the awareness that there is still much to find and see. The archaeological area is very well preserved and especially in the spring, walking among the ruins surrounded by flowers and vegetation, is a pleasant and relaxing experience. An ideal place for all families with young children, who can have fun here and spend a day outdoors in complete freedom and security.
I will leave here some useful information important for your visitation. How about an Excursion to Ostia Antica? Click here to learn more!
- Excavations in Ostia are open every day from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm.
- It is closed on Mondays, December 25th, January 1st and May 1st.
- Full ticket, € 10; reduced ticket € 6.00 (18-25 years and teachers).
- Admission is free for children under eighteen, journalists, school groups, people with disabilities, students and teachers of archaeology, art history, architecture, conservation and restoration of cultural heritage, library archivists, employees or people linked to the arts academy courses, training sciences, tour guides and tour interpreters.
- On the first Sundays of each month, admission is free for everyone.
How to get to Ostia Antica?
1) How to get to Ostia Antica? BY AIRPLANE
From Fiumicino Airport: as soon as you leave the airport, continue on Viale dell’Aeroporto di Fiumicino until you cross Via del Mare and follow the signs for Ostia Antica.
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2) How to get to Ostia Antica? WITH PUBLIC TRANSPORT
From Roma Termini train station, simply take metro line B and get off at Piramide. At Piramide stop, walk a few steps to the Roma Porta San Paolo train station- follow signs to Lido. Take the first train on the Roma-Lido line to the Ostia Antica stop. The Ostia Antica stop will be about a 30 minute ride.
For those who prefer, there is also the possibility to board a ferry and go down the river to Rome. Worthwhile experience! Read also How to get around Rome with Public Transport?
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Hotel I suggest near the Historic Center
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