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“Like taking a step back in time”

Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Present day site of sprawling ruins of a densely populated Roman city at the mouth of the river Tiber.
Reviewed March 3, 2012

We spent the day here and it really wasn't enough time. This place is huge! Even though it was busy, because of the size of the site we found it easy to get away from the crowds who stayed mainly near the main entrance and the amphitheatre. I recommend taking the time to come off the main routes through the site and to wander in and out of the ancient houses and shops that are there. We discovered ancient frescoes on walls, ancient mosaics on floors which were still mostly in outstanding conditions and all of this without hardly meeting another person. This place blew us away. I really wish we had given ourselves more time to visit it.

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Reviewed March 1, 2012

Much like Pompeii but on a smaller scale. City life vs. village life. You can see the entire village in 1 day where as Pompeii you need about 3 days. This village probably held about 5,000 people so it would have been possible to know almost everyone living in it. Ruins of the public toilets are interesting. Fascinating underground tunnels. There was a small theatre, baths, and a gym. Housing was on a much smaller scale than Pompeii, no big mansions but interesting remains of ancient apartments.Very easy to get to. About 1/2 hour train ride north of Rome. Go early and spend the day. Restaurants on site.

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Reviewed February 25, 2012

Walking the streets gives you a real feel of what it must have been like back in Ancient Rome. The state of preservation is on par with Pompeii.
It's easy to get to - metro and train - about 40 minutes from Rome.
There's a restaurant on site that's over priced but adequate - take a picnic and enjoy the peace & quiet.
This place is hardly visited so you will often be alone wandering the streets.

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Reviewed February 21, 2012

If you don't want to spend the entire day traveling to/from Naples/Pompeii, then try visiting Ostia Antica. We spend the morning and lunch at this fantastic ancient site and it is an easy trip from Rome.

Directions: Take the subway line B to the Piramide/Roma Porta San Paolo train station which is next to the subway line. Follow signs directing you to the trains to Lido and the Ostia Antica stop. Take the next departing train and then ride about 20 minutes. Ticket cost is about 2 euros total (there and back). Once at the Ostia stop, then use the blue sky-bridge and walk straight to the Ostia Antica complex.

It was the ancient harbor used for transporting grain to Rome and it also was the mill for making flour, etc. There are houses, shops, forums, temples, etc. in ruined format but still easily recognized. The layout is complex and you can imagine the life of an ancient Rome city. There are examples of 100 AD brickwork, mosaics, wall decorations and even a 20 to 30 seat toilet.

Go to Ostia Antica and save yourself the hassle of trying to make it to Pompeii and back when you have limited time.

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Reviewed January 15, 2012

My husband and I took a step back in time when we booked a tour of the ruins of this huge complex! We took the train to the sight and were amazed that we seemed to be (almost) the only people touring this historical wonder! What was so awesome were the mosaic tile decorations that had been uncovered and could be viewed so easily by the visitor. We had free rein to look; touch; climb and take pictures of virtually everything we saw! Our tour lasted approximately five hours (we booked a private tour with an archeologist) and we even had time to see the museum nearby. I would highly recommend this tour as it is rich in its history and it is very easy to visualize this as a once bustling, Roman city of great significance! Remember,...the Tiber River, back then, was quite close to Ostia Antica, making it an important port city. Only when the Tiber diviated its course did the city gradually die out to be covered with silt and earth until, really, only recently excavated. As our archeologist tour guide said, this area is precious and if not protected, could be destroyed permanently by exposure to the elements and human traffic.

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