Ostia Antica Travel Guide

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Ostia Antica Things to Do

  • Piazza delle Corporazioni

    This is a business part of Roman Ostia, which once housed the offices of various businesses. They included merchants who operated businesses shipping various commodities to and from Ostia/Rome and to advertise their business, they had mosaics in front showing with what commodoties they dealt. These are still there and one can really get a feel for...

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  • Ostia Antica Borgo

    The small town of Ostia Antica (5 minutes walk from the Ostia Antica excavation site) is very pleasant and worth a good walkabout. A medieval/Renaissance town with a papal palace (or fortress), a historic church, cafés and restaurants. To me, it felt like walking into a medieval Roman town. The old castle with the round tower was begun by Pope...

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  • My contemplative walk around Ostia

    This isn't meant to be *the* guided tour of Ostia Antica. It's an introduction to this impressive, authentic place, close to Rome and yet often ignored by visitors to the Eternal City. Ostia Antica is close to Rome, easy to reach by any means, and a site to be remembered forever.I got a Visitor's Book to Ostia Antica from my hotel in Ostia town but...

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  • 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 roman homes and apartments. It will give you a very different...

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  • 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 would love have one of these grindstones. I might need more muscle than I...

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  • 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.

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  • 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 would have figures that might indicate the kind of goods carried eg. fish or...

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  • 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 floor. The drains of these can be seen along many of the buildings,...

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  • 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 delle Corporazioni). A huge rectangular portico housed the offices of 64...

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  • 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 Cicero (106-43 BC) The combination of landscaping and ruins gave the park...

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  • 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 Caesars” by Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus (AD 69-140)Marcus Agrippa, right-hand man...

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  • 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 fourth king of Rome, in 620 BC. During the Republican era Ostia was first a...

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Ostia Antica Hotels

  • Ostia Antica Park

    Viale Dei Romagnoli 1041 A, Ostia Antica, Lazio, 00119, Italy

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

  • La Caravella

    Lungomare Paolo Toscanelli 160, Ostia Antica, 00122, Italy

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • B & B Il Giardino Pensile

    Via Enrico Josi 5, Ostia Antica, 00124, Italy

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Solo

Ostia Antica Restaurants

  • 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 the entrance lane towards the actual archeological site, there is a...

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  • 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 caliente como pasta, pizza, sopa y comida fria como sandwiches, ensaladas,...

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  • dine out?

    this must have been a snack bar of a sort - clearly distinguishable a (bar?) desk towards the streets and some shelves... bruschetta antica? pizza vulgaris?

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Ostia Antica Transportation

  • 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 zone or days.After investigating the time of a subway in the following...

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  • 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 few minute's walk.

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  • 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 then take the local bus "MARE" that stops all along the public beach - gates...

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Ostia Antica Shopping

  • 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 folkcraft article, are assembled. In a next door, a light meal also...

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  • Books

    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.

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Ostia Antica Local Customs

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    by lina112 Updated May 10, 2006

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    November, December, January and February: 8.30am-16.00pm
    March: 8.30am-17.00pm
    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.

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Ostia Antica Warnings and Dangers

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    by leics Written Apr 30, 2004

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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!

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Ostia Antica Off The Beaten Path

  • Residence outside Ostia Antic Piazza

    If you venture to Ostia Antica to see the ruins - you could park up toward the town Piazza and see the local people and their homes. It is just a short walk to the ruins.

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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! =)

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  • 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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Ostia Antica Sports & Outdoors

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    by sinoda Written Jan 6, 2005

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    This has been a bathing area with lots of pools with cold, luke warm and warm, water.

    Appreciate the skilfully manufactured mosaics.

    Equipment: No towels nor bathing shorts or suits.

    bathing; Ostia Antica
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Ostia Antica Favorites

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    by sinoda Written Jan 6, 2005

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    Favorite thing: The theatre - have a seat and relax.

    Don't forget the piazzale delle corporazioni in the back around the temple.

    il teatro; Ostia Antica, Lazio
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Shop in Ostia Antica
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Mosiac Floor among ruins
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Reclining figure by Museum Entrance
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Ruins at Ostia Antica
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Museum at Ostia Antica
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Secret Hideaway Vine Covered Patio
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Boat to Ostia from Rome on the Tiber
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Festivals in Ostia Antica Piazza
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Mosaics
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The fishermen tabern
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The Thermopolium
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The museum
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The Capitolium
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The Roman Theatre
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Train Lido
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Roma - Lido
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Guildes' niches
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The necropolis
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How did that get here?
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Wear and tear
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The way of the tourist
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The Capitoleum
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The theatre
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The mosaics
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A glimpse into the past
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Hidden treasures.
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Central heating.
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Imperial Palace.
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