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“A real treasure”

Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica
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Small Group Tour - Ancient Ostia Half-Day from...
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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 6 April 2018

This should be a mandatory visit for all people coming to Rome. It is an easy and cheap 30-minute train ride from Rome.

Ruins that tell a wonderful story of how Rome operated. Take your own guidebook, as the park's signs are in poor condition.

We spend 5-6 hours exploring the ruins, reading about the buildings' uses and experiencing the arena.

It appears that the work and upkeep have stopped. Poor sign conditions, toilets in bad conditions, and employees nowhere to be found.

WARNING - not a place for wheelchairs. The sidewalks and roads are in poor condition

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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

Ostia was an ancient Roman port which was used throughout the era. In modern times, the site has been excavated and buildings include an amphitheatre and several basilicas. Go on a fine day, wear sensible shoes and allow a few hours. It will all be worthwhile. You can get there on a suburban train from Piramide, the journey is covered by a normal €1.50 ticket.

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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

This place is a gem! We travelled down from Rome on the train (really easy to do). We happily spent five hours here. I recommend taking some food; although there a cafe inside and another just outside, we enjoyed eating our sandwiches in the amphitheatre. There's so much to see and our girls also enjoyed games of hide and seek between the ruins. It really wasn't busy once we got past the school groups near the entrance. Our girls are fans of the Roman Mysteries (by Caroline Lawrence), so I'd recommend children aged 8-13 try reading at least the first one before visiting Ostia. Take a sun hat (or pay 6 euros for one). There's drinking water at a few spots around the site. Get lost in Ostia and imagine the last 20 centuries never happened!

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Reviewed 5 April 2018

More people need to see this place. I can't recommend it highly enough. It's a very easy trip from Rome and definitely worth the visit. If you have the Roma pass travel on the train to Ostia Antica is included in the Roma pass and the site is only 5 minutes from the station. It's a large site so plan to spend half a day exploring the roman ruins. Sitting on the seats on the ancient theatre was my most memorable moment. It's amazing to think that people sat and watched theatre in the very same spot two thousand years ago. I would recommend getting an audio guide to get the most out of the trip. After visiting the site the medieval centre of Osita Antica is worth a visit for lunch or dinner. It's a charming place.

Thank Janet I
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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

The site is 2 km by 1km its Huge Cost per adult over 18yrs is 12 Euros children 18 &under are free, map 2€ - its so big uou can get lost
I was there on 3April18, took over 410 pictures and saw less than half - arrived at 9:30 (opens at 8:30 to 18:30)
Get yourself a map and and if you want a spoken tour 18€ you walk to 100+ points and play the device.

Most areas they allow you to walk through the but climbing on structures is not permitted - some structure have the original stairs in which you are permitted to use and you get Sweeping views of that area. I left at 1600 walked to the far side where newest dig is- roman baths. On google you will see a road west of this site - in 300 AD that was the beach - in past 1700 years the 7km to current beach is from silt coming down river - which has moved +/- 1/2km from its current route - when the castle was built (one near front gate ) it was on the river now its 1/2 km away - so the roman port everyone speaks - was long ago washed away - told to me by to local experts. Plus there is evidence pf several Tsunami's that hit - which is one reason the city moved to another location- the other is constant flooding every few years.

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