Scavi Archeologici di Ostia Antica

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19 Via Girolamo Dandini, Ostia Antica, Italy

Scavi Archeologici di Ostia Antica Reviews

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The little known wonder of Rome Mar 16, 2013
I travelled to Rome in 2008 with the aim of visiting the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, Vatican City and other such world famous attractions. However, although they were all as incredible as I had anticipated, Ostia Antica was just as amazing, if not better in some aspects. I only found out about Ostia Antica by chance browsing of leaflets in our hotel upon arrival, but it sparked my interest so we decided to visit.

This amazing place is the ruins of the anicent city of Ostia, located 30 miles outside of Rome. It was used as a port city to supply Rome, due to its location at the mouth of the River Tiber. After the fall of the Roman Empire and the progession of history, whereas Rome has been occupied up until the present day and therefore been developed into a modern bustling metropolis with the unfortunate encroachment of industry on ancient history, Ostia has been left in much the same way as it was in its Roman hayday. The site is huge and you can easily spend a full day wandering thorugh the many streets, wandering through Roman buildings in which you can still make out features such as counters in shops, toilets in houses, even guttering and drainage systems. Although most of the buildings are ruined due to the advance of time, some still have multiple stories and allows you to get a real feel for what living in a Roman city must have been like.

The site is very easy to visit, with it being easily accessbile by the metro from Rome. If you take the metro from the Piramide stop and then transfer to the Roma-Lida station (up the escalator) it is a simple half an hour train journey to the Ostia Antica stop. Your standard day metro ticket is sufficient for the journey as well! It also allows you to escape, if only for a while, from the traffic and touristy merchants that Rome is so populated with. Any trip to Rome should include a visit to this unique and fascinating site!
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davidx davidx
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Ostia Antica - the port for Ancient Rome Apr 26, 2012
Free for EU over 65s; cheap for humans. Travel tickets included on Rome metrobus passes.

Whether or not you have been to Pompeii or Herculaneum, this is undoubtedly worth a visit. The Tiber river has changed its course since ancient Roman times with the effect that it no longer seems like a port but that's just what it was - not a place for second homes and retirements like Pompeii (although that too is well worth a visit.)

Like any port town Ostia was an ordinary working class place. Hence it is most interesting to see the scale of the public area, temple, theatre, athletics stadium and baths. Much of the emphasis on health and cleanliness is a reflection of the idea of the Emperor Hadrian (of a massive wall in north England and the Villa Adriana in Tivoli.)

Even the hotel is not a bit luxurious - being more for travellers and sailors than for the wealthy.

I actually had a guide for one hour and I admit to having found it well worth the reasonable cost. I arrived at about 15.00 and had not seen half the overall area when the whistles sounded for impending shutdown at the end of the afternoon.
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austin37335 austin37…
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The fascinating ruins of the harbour city of ancient Rome Apr 30, 2012
When you think of Rome and ancient ruins the name Ostia Antica does not immediately spring to mind. However, I would go as far as saying that Ostia Antica was one of the highlights of our trip to Rome - and that's saying something with so much else for it to compete with. I heard that this is the second best preserved Roman city behind Pompeii and that may well be true because the layout is still largely intact.

Located about 12 miles outside the city, it is very easy to reach being on the regional train line out of the city. The ruins are a pleasant 10 minute walk from Ostia station.

On arriving at Ostia Antica you pay a small fee to enter and you can wander freely among the picturesque ruins. You can walk down the ancient streets and enter buildings once occupied by the Roman people. Much detail remains today, you can still see mosaic floors, you can admire statues, and you can sit in an amphitheatre. These ruins aren’t the grandiose remains of Emperors and rulers however, these are the ruins of the lives of the everyday people of Rome and it is fascinating.

The ruins are so tranquil too, with so few visitors we felt like the place was ours to explore and it was the perfect calm antidote to the hustle and bustle, the crowds, and the street vendors of Rome itself. There is a small cafe for refreshments but mostly this place is about stepping back into history and walking in the steps of real Romans.

Ostia Antica is well worth the effort it takes to escape the centre of Rome and it is a trip that will be remembered for all the right reasons.
Mosiac floors
Roman houses
A Roman courtyard
Me at Ostia Antica
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austin37335 says:
You have it spot on Brian. If you get a chance, I'm sure you'll find it a worthwhile visit.
Posted on: May 01, 2012
spocklogic says:
Certainly looks a lot less crowded than Pompeii, and seems to offer that great experience of seeing an intact Roman City. A nice alternative for visitors to Rome who don't have time to get farther south to see Pompeii. I'll have to check it out when I'm in Rome again.
Posted on: Apr 30, 2012
Vipin Vipin
691 reviews
Great ruins Oct 19, 2010
If you are visiting Rome and don’t get to go to Pompei for whatever reason, a quick day-trip to Ostia Antica is well worth it to see these wonderful ruins. It’s not hard to get to from Termini station, and the entrance price for the ruins is only around 7 euros for adults.

I spent hours here just looking at the ancient shops and houses. Some of the more exciting buildings include the gym, theatre and the temples for ancient gods. I really like the fact that you can walk on the same streets as the residents did; it really is a time warp. The street signs are still there too, which is very poignant. The house floors still have some ornate mosaics there, which you can get pretty close to for a better inspection.

I think you can get a guide map for couple of euros from the ticket office, but there’s no need. The main road runs halfway through the ruins right down. Just stick to the main road, venture off into the side roads and do a quick u-turn again! There are toilets towards the back of the site, but not that many places to grab food or drink, so it might be an idea to pack a light lunch.

A wonderful insight into a past culture and city, the ruins of Ostia Antica are a great site that’s worth visiting.
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