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5 of 5 bubbles Review of Ostia Antica

Ostia Antica
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Ancient Ostia Guided Tour for Kids and Families
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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.
Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2014

Take the train for 6 euros return from the termini and step back in time to one of the most amazing sites you will ever see. A huge insight into Roman life and a must see away from the city. Wear good shoes and allow a few hours to appreciate this quiet gem. Coffee shop and food at very reasonable cost .The ancient town of Ostia was once the main port into Rome, you can freely wander in Roman shops, homes and the theater with no restriction and marvel at the advanced society when us Brits were living in wattle and daub huts. Why people miss this superb insight into history is beyond belief-ITS A MUST SEE and well worth the train ride to marvel at Roman history and magnificence.

Visited February 2014
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Swindon, United Kingdom
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“Possibly better than Pompeii”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2014

Ostia Antica is only just outside Rome, which means it is ideal to visit if you are having a short city break and want to get away from the hustle and bustle of Rome and it can be reached easily by train from Rome Termini.

The site is huge! Wear comfortable shoes, you will need them. There are shops and crypts that you can walk inside. Mosaics are still where they were first laid. You can really explore this site in a way that you aren't able to at Herculaneum or Pompeii.

What is amazing is how quiet the site is. When you consider that despite being so close to Rome and beside the modern seaside resort of Ostia, it should be packed with tourists but it isn't.

Visited April 2013
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“Fantastic visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2014 via mobile

Easy to find and travel to. Quality of ruins superb, even though a section is currently closed due to flooding. A close rival to the more well known sites further south. Food in cafe was ok - so take sandwiches.

Visited February 2014
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Rome, Italy
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“great roman ruin town just outside the city center”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2014

This site it is a must to visit when in Rome. If you have short time and cannot go to Pompei you just go to ostia antica.It is an archeological site where you can see how a roma town was like with its forums teather, anphiteather, stores,... etc Also to go there it is easy. You can catch the train to Ostia at Piramide station of line B (blu metro line) or garbatella station of both train and B metro line and then get off, after a little time, right in Ostia antica station then you arrive waliking to the ruins entrance. There is a ticket to pay but it really worth

Visited March 2013
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“Fantastic archeological site on the outskirts of Rome”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2014

With so much to see and do in Rome itself and so many Roman ruins scattered throughout the city, you might wonder why anyone would take the time to go to Ostia Antica. But this extensive archeological site is truly extraordinary and well worth the 40 or so minute trip from Rome. It's almost an entire port city that was abandoned in the 5th century after the sack of Rome. While many of the buildings are merely ruins, some, for example, the Roman amphitheatre, are nearly intact. Homes, shops, streets, mosaics, frescoes, temples, baths - it's all there. Make sure to look for the stunning sculpture in the underground cavern of the Temple of Mithras. Unlike the Roman Forum and Pompeii, you are unlikely to run into large crowds and can spend as much time as you like exploring the site.

Others have explained how to get to Ostia Antica via Metro Line B (Piramide) and the adjacent Lido-Ostia train, so I will only confirm that it is in fact quite easy and only requires a single ticket each way. Trains run quite frequently. You can download a guide from the official web site at www.ostia-antica.org/touristguide.pdf , which was very helpful. Plan on spending at least 3 hours exploring the site and wear sturdy shoes since the streets are paved with large and uneven stones. Also consider bringing along water, sunblock and a hat if the day is sunny or an umbrella if not since there is very little shelter and no kiosks selling drinks or snacks once you enter the site. The entrance fee of 8 euros is included in the Roma Pass so if you have one it will either be free (if it's one of your first two sites) or significantly discounted. Go and enjoy!

Visited October 2013
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