Ostia Antica

Ostia Antica, an ancient town located in the outskirts of Rome, was the vibrant port city that linked Rome to the rest of the world by sea. The city was abandoned at the fall of the Roman empire and it was quickly buried by silt from the Tiber river.

Only a few miles from the beautiful, large ruins of Ostia Antica is located the lovely neighbourhood of Ostia Lido, whose vibrant atmosphere reminds visitors and locals of the sunny Californian beaches. Main activities in the area are: swimming, walking, shopping at the Roman Sea Port and enjoying delicious gelati and traditional Roman food in the multiple bars and restaurants.  

How to Reach Ostia Antica from Termini:

From Termini station, take the B line of the Metro (direction: Laurentina) and then, get off at the Piramide stop; go towards the exit to Piazzale Ostiense (NOT Piazzale dei Partigiani). After going upstairs, turn left without going outside. You'll find another little station which is the Terminus of the Roma-Lido railway, which is called Roma Porta S. Paolo.

Not to be confused with the Ostiense railway station, which is located nearby but not so close and is much bigger.

The railway in question can be accessed by using ordinary bus-tram-Metro tickets. If you have come to Roma Porta S. Paolo by metro using a single ticket BIT, the BIT should be still valid for the Roma-Lido (it is valid for 100 minutes since the first use). Take the train towards Cristoforo Colombo and get off at the Ostia Antica stop; then, walk straight ahead from the station for about ten minutes. The entrance to the site is very cheap and they offer a student/child/elderly person discount if you ask; there are also toilet facilities near the entrance and in the café, which is located about thirty minutes from the entrance.

Families and groups might find more comfortable and enjoyable hiring a eight seated van for a day, and visit Ostia Antica, Ostia Lido and the Port of Rome. There are several companies offering such service (www.rometransfers.co.uk and www.romecabs.com). The benefits are multiple, including more flexibility and security.