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Review of Ostia Antica

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.
Farnborough, United Kingdom
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“Ancient Port of Rome”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2014

This is a truly brilliant archaeological site full of building foundations and walls, showing the lives of the people living in the town. It shows all aspects of life, a "shopping Centre", amphitheatre, forum and lots of buildings of every use, for both rich and poor. It's vast, so allow a day to visit if you can (we did over 22,000 steps or strides that day!). The site is well preserved and easy to walk around on the roman basalt roads. Some buildings are standing to two floors. Ostia Antica is a half hour metro ride from Rome and a very short walk from the station to the site. There is only one restaurant and it's quite a way into the site, so best take a picnic. Alternatively, turn right out of the station and the village is a couple of minutes away. We found a fantastic cafe to have our lunch - L'Alimentari. We stayed until closing time at 7.30 pm. Entrance fee 6.50 Euros for adults, under 18s are FREE!

Visited April 2014
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2014

It would be easy not to go to Ostia Antica as there is so much to do in Rome, but it's a short tube and train ride out of the city to this incredible and atmospheric place. Be warned, though, it's a huge site - we were there 7 hours and didn't get round the whole area.

You'll need to take supplies - there's just one coffee shop and not a lot of space to sit. The paninis and coffee were delicious but our visit coincided with a school party which filled the place inside and out. They could improve the place by adding a few more facilities too (I know, ancient ruins and all that, but a girl's still got to go!).

The map of the site (a few Euros) gives you a route to follow if you wish, and this is very helpful for locating some of the more spectacular buildings. But in all honesty we enjoyed simply following our noses away from the guided route and at every turn were delighted to see mosaics emerging from under carpets of wildflowers, fluted columns and pattererned brickwork. Ostia will delight you and surprise you and if you love Roman ruins you *will* be there all day. Go early when it's blissfully quiet and you will nevery forget the magical feeling.

Visited March 2014
3 Thank Pixiedew
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Brooklyn, New York
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“Ghost City Lost In Time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2014

Truly incredible archaeological site.
The ancient Ostian city grid and building foundations are still in tact. Not crowded at all. Amazing to get lost and not see any people for 15 minutes at a time while admiring ancient mosaics and porticos.
Fast, easy and cheap to get to from Rome. 1 metro ticket - B line to Piramide and hope on the train to Lido with a free transfer (stay in the system). Get off at Ostia Antica.
Visit the cafeteria, truly good food that you'd expect from a city center trattoria. Many delicious vegetarian and vegan options. Before you head back to the train, visit the center of the "modern" Ostia Antica for a few minutes. When leaving the archeological site, you will see the imposing Castello of Julius II. Go there and visit the adorable Piazza della Rocca and the Cathedral of Santa Aurea. Grab a quick cafe before before heading back to frenetic Roma.
Truly worth it if you want to get an easy day trip out of your system.

Visited April 2014
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“Ancient Roman Port”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2014

This is an effortless side trip to make from Rome -one metro and train ride from the Termini plus a short walk got us to the gate of the site. The sprawling site is well preserved and includes places for every aspect of Roman life: shops, baths, taverns, living quarters for the rich and poor and a very impressive theater. We even peeked out from the Pyramid station on the way back to see the Pyramid. Definitely a worthwhile trip to make.

Visited April 2014
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“Wonderful and easy day trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2014

Anyone who visits Rome for more than a couple of days should consider a side trip to Ostia Antica. So close and so easy. Large grounds with many excavated buildings. It has a forum, baths, marketplace, etc. Explore at your own pace.
There is a nice little cafeteria near the museum building and restrooms.

Visited March 2014
3 Thank kjlanc
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