Visiting Ostia Antica Independently From Rome

A Practical Guide For Those Planning On Visiting Ostia Antica On A Day Trip From Rome


Typical Scene At Ostia Antica Near Rome

Typical Scene At Ostia Antica

Author: Bob Handford


Official Web Site - Ostia Antica


The beautifully preserved ruins of Ostia lie twenty miles from Rome, in the meadows by the Tiber River. In ancient Rome this was the port city for Rome itself so must have been a very colourful and important place with goods and people transiting from the whole of the Roman Empire.

It's a nice half day trip from the centre of Rome and there is a rail station with frequent trains to and from Rome about 800 yards from the front gates. There are also some tours of course from Rome if you prefer a guide to lead you around.

What Is There To See ?

Ostia now sprawls over 10,000 acres around a main street that runs for more than a mile. It is still easy to imagine the site back in the days of the Roman Empire


The countryside around the site is very flat and rural so there is little that is modern to detract from your experience. It is a very large site too, with some areas away from the main street overgrown with unkept paths and free access which sometimes gives a flavour of something much less visited.

In some respects it's like a port version of the more famous Pompeii. Most of the site is row after a row of houses and apartments, mostly in a grid pattern off the main street. For many the highlight most remembered will be the well preserved amphitheatre next door to the bar.


Ostia Antica Rome Video Clip & Pictorial Diary

There is a museum and modern restaurant and toilet block in the middle of the site but apart from this island the site is totally uncommercial.

Like all ruins its hard for the layman visiting to see beyond the ruins and an audio guide (or even a personal guide) is a good investment from the ticket office to make sense of what you are viewing.

It's quite a good site for kids too as there is lots of room to romp and explore.

The site is exposed to the sun as well, and you will be exposed for quite a long time so do bear that in mind if you visit during the summer months.

Opening Times, Admissions Ostia Antica

Ostica Antica is open daily, current opening times and admission prices can be viewed at the Ostia web site link at the top of the page. If you are a senior or a child from the EU you will probably get in free.

Audio guides in Italian, English and French are available at the ticket office.

It's possible to reserve a guided tour from Tuesday to Sunday contacting the ticket office

Getting To Ostia Antica Via Public Transport

Ostia Antica Train Rome

Ostia Antica Train

Its very easy to visit Ostia Antica independently from Rome. A suburban commuter train service runs several times an hour to the coast and stops at Ostia Antica station.

It starts at Ostiense which is twinned with the Piramide Metro station in the south-west of the city. The platforms are adjacent to the Metro station platforms and you just walk across directly to the train.

The train ride is covered by the daily transport passes that covers Rome's Metro and bus public transport system.


At Ostia Antica its then just a 5 minute signed walk to the fascinating Roman port ruins of Ostia Antica.

The Roma Pass Is Valid For Ostia Antica

At one of the publicly owned attractions in and around Rome it is included in the Roma Pass.

The Roma Pass is a rather complicated pass that includes a public transport pass for 3 days with access to many of the attractions controlled by the Rome Council.


Roma Pass Ticket

Roma Pass

The complicated part of the Roma Pass is the sightseeing part. The Rome authorities have a very long list of museums in and around Rome, most of which most overseas visitors would not have heard off or have any inclination of visiting. The Vatican, a country in its own right separate from Rome has, none of its museums and attractions as part of the Roma Pass.


The major attractions that most visitors would consider visiting and using the card for are.

Roman Forum and Colosseum, Baths of Caracalla, Capitol Museum, Ostia Antica, Borghese Gallery and Sant Angelo Castle.

The key aspect of the Roma Pass is that you only get free entry to two of the attractions in the scheme for the 3 day pass and one attraction on the 2 day pass. You choose which, for most visitors they will be from the list above. For further admissions you are able to get a discount though on the rest of the attractions within the scheme.


With respect the public transport pass the key aspect to emphasise is that the pass doesn't cover any public transport to Rome's two airports or cruise port, but you can reach Ostia Antica and the Via Appia Antica both well outside the city walls.


Roma Pass
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