You will be picked up from your hotel (or, alternatively, you have to make your way to tour’s starting point at Via G. Amendola 32) and taken in a luxurious air-conditioned coach for a sightseeing tour of ancient Ostia Antica . An English-speaking guide will accompany you on this tour.
Leaving Rome and following the road leading to the sea, Via del Mare, it takes about 30 minutes to reach Ostia, the imperial Roman city whose Latin name ‘Ostium’ means ‘mouth of the river’, reflecting its position along the Tiber river.
On arriving at Ostia, you will begin your walking tour of the ruins of this ancient Roman port city. During your walk through the ruins, your guide will tell you about the cultural and social life of this interesting commercial settlement.
Your visit to Ostia Antica itself starts at Via delle Tombe which leads to the Porta Romana, one of the city’s three gates. This is the beginning of the Decumanus Maximus, the main thoroughfare that crosses the city from north east to south west.
You will then arrive at the Terme di Nettuno where you can admire the beautiful black and white mosaics representing Neptune and Amphitrite, the theatre built by Agrippa and the Forum which formed the centre of the city. Here you will discover the principle public buildings, Il Capitolium and the Temple of Rome and Augustus, the Basilica and the large thermal baths.
Near the Forum square you will also find the House of Diana and the Thermopolium, an ancient Roman bar with a marble counter and a fresco depicting the fruit and foodstuffs that were sold there.
At the end of Via dei Dipinti, the Museo Ostiense displays some of the ancient sculptures and mosaics found among the ruins of Ostia.
After this fascinating stroll through the past you will board your coach and be dropped in the vicinity of your hotel or Via G. Amendola 32.