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“most underrated ruins in Lazio” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ostia Antica

Ostia Antica
Viale dei Romagnoli 717, 00119 Ostia Antica, Italy
06 5635 8099
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$57*
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Ancient Ostia Small Group Day Trip from Rome
Type: Ancient Ruins, Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Cultural
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Owner description: Present day site of sprawling ruins of a densely populated Roman city at the mouth of the river Tiber.
Columbus, Mississippi
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“most underrated ruins in Lazio”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

Ostia Antica is massive, far bigger than I expected; you could wander here for hours. Bring the free Rick Steves audio tour on your iPod and a picnic lunch. Look around for a while, find a quiet spot to lay out your spread, relax, then look around some more.

There are parts of this place that are unexcavated, where you can lie on a peaceful grassy field and look over ancient ruins 50 yards away. It's pretty amazing.

Visited December 2012
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“As complete a Roman city as you will find this side of Pompeii”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

Ostia is a lovely day out. It is best in spring when the flowers and wild herbs are out and you can wander for hours amongst the ruins without bumping into many others unlike Pompeii.

There is a very complete amphitheatre to see and some really interesting remains of shops and warehouses which clearly demonstrate that trade was the major part of this city's purpose.

As described you can take the train or park without worry in the car park which is never full. If you take a wander into town there is a really lovely Alimentari on the left a few shops in where you can buy lovely sandwiches. Choose your own bread and fillings, salami, prosciuttos, cheeses etc and either eat in or take into Ostia for a picnic. They are very lovely and do speak English too.

If you love ancient Rome you should not miss Ostia. Remember to take proof of EU citizenship for concessions.

Visited November 2012
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“A must visit when in Rome!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

We visited Ostia Antica during a visit just before New Year's . Rome was incredibly busy, but Ostia Antica was quiet. An incredible preservation of the of a city from the past. I would highly recommend downloading Rick Steve's audio tours for Rome including Ostia Antica. It was my husband and 10 yr old daughter's favorite place on our visit to Roee too.

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“Ostia Antica”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

Ostia Antica is easy to get to and the Metro is only 3 Euros round trip per person. The admission cost was 8 Euros per person. It was very interestng. Roman life among the rich and famous BCE.
It takes about 40 minutes to get there and you can spend several hours and not be bored.

Visited November 2012
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“Great day trip”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

We followed the advice about the metro from the reviews here and it was super easy to get to. We packed a some sandwiches in a cooler bag along with some chilled wine and water. I loved wandering the grounds and we had a lovely picnic in the Amphitheatre. I printed off info about the city from Rick Steve's and this web site, http://www.ostia-antica.org/touristguide.pdf. I think the latter mentions the wine bar, which was my favorite. We enjoyed the rest of our wine at the oldest bar around! I love our pictures there. Great place, relaxing, and so close to Rome.

Visited October 2012
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