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Ostia Antica or Pompeii

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1. Re: Ostia Antica or Pompeii

Hi,

people ask about Pompeii and Ostia Antica here often.

There are differing opinions(of course)

I've been to Pompeii and I can tell you that it is amazing. For me I wanted to see the place that I'd heard about my whole life and learned about in school.

Pompeii can be reached from Rome in about 2-2 1/2 hours. You can take an early train to Naples then connect to the local train to the Pompeii scavi stop. There are people here who can give you exact directions. Many, many people report here on having done this in a day trip happily and successfully.

Ostia antica is a closer day trip to Rome. People report that the ruins are in better condition (but in fairness they weren't destroyed by a volcanic eruption). I haven't been to Ostia Antica yet, but I would like to on a future trip.

I was talking to a women I work with yesterday about Italy. She said that she has her children pick something they want to see whenever they travel to keep them interested. Your daughter has already done this. Indulge her. You won't be sorry.

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2. Re: Ostia Antica or Pompeii

I have not been to Pompeii, but we did go to Ostia when we were visiting Rome last fall. With only 5 days in Rome, my personal choice would be to skip Pompii. You can get to Ostia Antica very easily from Rome via metro and train. We loved Ostia, by the way. The ruins are amazing and it was such a nice quiet break from bustling Rome.

No matter what you decide, enjoy your trip!

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3. Re: Ostia Antica or Pompeii

Hi there, I have been to Ostia Antica and not Pompeii. I agree with the former poster, you should see what you've always wanted to see.

The other things are true though, Ostia Antica is a half hour train ride away. Very simple to find and really enjoyable (if your interested in our opinion see blog at: http://europe.jameshart.com.au/Site/Blog/7D9ACF6E-7605-4293-BBC3-A27E51A45C88.html)ignore the first paragraph which i attempted to write in italian.

The other factor to consider is that if your daughter has been learning about Pompeii and knows its history, you will enjoy that far more than a huge field of ruins you know nothing about! Knowing about something means you always enjoy it more.

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6. Re: Ostia Antica or Pompeii

sponky,

I have been to both places and love them both. Understanding your daughter's reasons to see Pompei, I must admit that nearly everything she learned about roman culture, buildings, streets etc. also apply for Ostia Antica. She will not see the spots she knows from the studies/photos before, but she will not be disappointed at all (like all of you).

In fact, from a teacher's point of view (actually, I am not a teacher), it could be more interesting to discuss the differences and the similarities between OA and P (some kind of transferring the knowledge form one part to another - sorry, I am not a expert in this field as well).

OA is definitely less touristy (you say so?) compared to P and you can reach it easily with 30min. P is famous (maybe just bcz of the death of the city), but OA is _very_ nice.

Obviously, to see an entire roman city is a major item for you, but with only five days in Rome, go to OA, spend 1 hour travel time (compared to 5-6 (or more), i.e. quasi an entire day (plus the aftermath the other day)) and enjoy it. P is a good reason to return to Italy (but you will collect more of them in Rome :-)

BTW, when I was recently in OA, the kiosk on the ground was closed, so you better bring some water with you.

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7. Re: Ostia Antica or Pompeii

If you're against taking the trains to Pompeii, there are tour companies that will take you from Rome to the excavation site. DH has always wanted to go to Pompeii so we are going to take the trains there when we go in October. I would encourage your daughter's desire to learn and head to Pompeii.

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8. Re: Ostia Antica or Pompeii

We also debated for the exact same reasons you are stating. It was our 14 yr. old son who really wanted to see Pompeii. Once we started reading about trips and looking at reviews, we convinced him to see Ostia Antica (plus we all wanted to swim in the ocean there since we are from FL).

The ruins were accessable completely at Ostia Antica and we had all day to explore since it was only 30 minutes from Rome. He was crawling in holes, and climbing all the stairs. Our 14 yr. old loved it, and while it was not covered by a volcano, it was once a very large port city. It is in remarkably good shape. There is a small museum and cafe, too. Maybe have her help do some of the research on this?

-Deb

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9. Re: Ostia Antica or Pompeii

Hello,

I have been to both sites and absolutely love them.

Pompeii will be a full day excursion. You should start very early (7am-ish) and spend the day at the ruins. The trip itself is very easy. Take the high speed train from Rome to Naples. Transfer to the commuter train "circumvesuviana". Get off at the Pompeii scavi stop. About a 3 minute walk will get you to the entrance of the site. Take water and wear comfortable shoes.

For Ostia, you can see the site and be back in Rome in the same afternoon. The site is smaller but less crowded. There are lots of trees and it is a great place to picnic. Take metro line B to the piramide stop, change to the Lido train in the Ostiense station. Get off at the Ostia Antica stop. Walk across the bridge and continue up the street to the parking lot, then turn left to enter the site. You can be there in about half an hour.

As to which to choose, that's a tough one. If you tell people you went to Pompeii they will immediatly know what you are talking about. The site is larger and (to me) has a more interesting history. If your daughter has been studying Pompeii, then she might get more out of it than Ostia. On the other hand, with only 5 days to see Rome, spending 1 whole day away would not be something I would choose to do. It's a tough call.

Regardless of what you choose to do, you will enjoy your choice. They are both great sites.

Donna

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