Ostia Antica Travel Guide
Get Up Close And Inside
a great site to spend a day- as good as Pompeii
Explanatory notices are few and far between.
In a nutshell
Italy just doesn't get better than this - sea beside ruins!
Wander The Back Streets
The public areas of this site are excellent and worth some time but do not overlook the area between the Forum and the ocean. You will find more baths, streets and homes. Many of the rooms are well preserved and just amazing. There are gardens temples businesses and intimate...
See The Bakery
I worked at a nice bakery for a couple of winters when I was young. When I see a bakery i always have to stop. The example here is a hoot to see, For me the highights were the preserved fragment of the mosaic floor and the grindstones. We grow and process our own wheat and i...
Columns and Nature
Three columns, very similar in construction, appeared in various stages of what will become of them all, showing one without vines wrapping around it; a second as the vines begin to crawl up one part; and the last covered with vines.
See the mosaics
At Ostia Antica there are the 'shops ' or offices where the shipping companies did business. The area is called The Corporations. From the mosaic floors you get an idea of where the companies ships travelled eg. the Elephant would indicate Africa [Libya, Egypt?}. Others...
Visit the Toilets
sewage and hygieneThere were public toilets where people sat side by side. The seats [often marble] had a hole cut out, and the waste matter would drop down to be carried away by the drains.In the bath houses there would be a slotted 'drain' for the water to flow out of the...
Ancient Corporate Signs
“Supplies of food were brought up from Ostia and the neighboring towns, and the price of corn was reduced to three sesterces a peck.”— Cornelius Tacitus (AD 55-177) Ancient Roman historianSTRICTLY BUSINESS—Behind the amphitheater is the Forum of the Corporations (Piazzale...
Beautiful Landscape and Abstract Forms
“For why should I complain of the disaster of Ostia, and of that stain and blot on the Republic, when almost under your very eyes, that fleet which was under the command of a Roman consul was taken and destroyed by the pirates?”From “Pro Lege Manilia” 66 BC by Marcus Tullius...
All The World’s a Stage
“Whenever he floated down the Tiber to Ostia, or cruised past the Gulf of Baiae, he had a row of temporary brothels erected along the shore, where married women, pretending to be inn-keepers, solicited him to come ashore.”— About Emperor Nero from “Lives of the Twelve...
Mosaics : At The Baths of Neptune
“Ostia is fortified; and Ancus Marcius creates an attractive harbor for the beautiful ships, and for the sailors who make a living from the sea.”From “The Chronicles of Rome” by Quintus Ennius (239-169 BC)BY THE SEA—Ostia was founded by Ancus Marcius (640 BC–616 BC) the...
Snackbar Mazzanti Mauro: Food in Ostia Antica
There's very little in the way of refreshments or eateries in Ostia Antica. After our 4 hour visit we stopped off at the little snackbar. The 12 of us cleaned it out of sandwiches, coffees, beers, etc. Now across the footbridge at the next crossing, just before you walk up...
Cafeteria: Lunch Time
Next to the museum is situated the cafeteria where you can have a break on your visit to Ostia. You can buy drinks, food, chocolates or sweets. Junto al museo esta situada la cafeteria donde puedes descansar y tomarte algo en la visita a Ostia. Tienen de todo, comida...
Let's purchase a 1day-ticket
You can go to Ostia Antica by the subway ticket of Rome. You must change to the Ostia Lido line by EUR Magliana of a subway B line. If you are lucky,you can go with a ticket once. but it is better to purchase a 1day-ticket, since time spends to connection depending on a time...
train to Ostia
To reach this interesting site take the metro to Pyramido and then the train from Piazza S Paolo , next door. Ticket costs 1 Euro to and fro. On arrival at Ostia Antica exit the station and cross the footbridge. Continue straight ahead until you reach the site. It is only a...
Swift Metro from Rome to Ostia
There are swift new trains that take you from the Metro station at San Paolo (Piramide) directly to Ostia Antica - if you are going to the beach at Ostia, there are train stops for Lido North and Lido Central, - also all the way to the end, at Cristoforo Colombo, you will...
Ostia Antica: Only shop in Ostia Antica ruins
The only bookstore is located in Ostia Antica. The ruins data and the book of guidance about Ostia Antica, which a tourist cannot purchase in a city of Rome are sold here. The easy description with a map is also sold only here. Otherwise, souvenirs, such as a postcard and a...
Next to the cafeteria is situated the library where you can buy books, souvenirs and gifts from Ostia Antica.Junto a la cafeteria encontraras la libreria y la tienda de regalos donde puedes encontrar de todo sobre Ostia Antica.
Opening time and prices
November, December, January and February: 8.30am-16.00pm
From last sunday of march until october: 8.30am-18.00pm
Closed on mondays.
Prices: 4 euros
Free for european union citizens under 18 and over 65 years old.
Other reductions and exemptions available at the ticket offices.
Updated May 10, 2006
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The excavation website warns of many little black scorpions at Ostia. I haven't seen any ....but I don't pick up rocks to look for them either! Just keep your eyes open........I don't suppose their sting is any worse than a wasp sting, but it will still hurt!
Written Apr 30, 2004
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Terme del Foro
You can go beneath the baths into the small and winding dungeons, where the heating system and water retention has been. It's not really spooky, but not really canny either.but remember: don't go towards the light! =)
Please don't use these
This has been a public toilet facility (latrine). People were sitting close to each other on maybe marble desks with holes in them. Beneath there must have been water running to dispose the droppings...this seems very eloborate.
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