Ostia Antica’s archaeological area is about 30 km away from the centre of Rome and offers its visitors the unique chance to admire the rests of one of the richest and most active cities in the Mediterranean.
Leaving from Rome, our private car will drive down Via Ostiense, one of the main roads that connect the centre to the seaside. During the trip there will be a first stop to visit Castello di Giulio II, one of the first examples of Renaissance military architecture, immerged in a characteristic Medieval village where the visitor will feel as travelling back to the past.
The tour will continue visiting the rests of Ostia Antica, city built in the 4th century B.C. as a military stronghold between the Tiber river and the coast. After a short time Ostia became ancient Rome’s commercial harbour. Goods from all over the world, necessary for the capital’s needs such as grain, oil, wine and marble, after arriving in the port were then transported along the river up to Isola Tiberina in the heart of the city. There are still rests of the ancient city kept in good conditions such as the Foro , the theatre, the temples and the houses.
A visit to the wonderful mosaics present along the path is a must and do not forget to visit the Ostiense Archaeological Museum located in the same area where you may admire objects found during excavation such as sculptures, sarcophagus, terracotta and many other religious items.
Finally we will continue our tour visiting the tourist harbour in Ostia, a modern and equipped port where you may admire luxury and magnificent sail or motor boats. You may also go for a walk along the waterfront and eventually have the chance to meet a VIP while shopping.