Ancient Ostia tour
ancient port of Ostia gets its name from Latin "Ostium"
which means "mouth of the river". Indeed, the River Tiber
still flows into the Mediterranean inthis area.
is 18 km (13 miles) away from Rome and it takes about 40 minutes to reach the
ruins of the ancient Roman port are the best preserved in Rome, and
in Ostia you can get a good idea of what everyday life must have
been like in ancient Roman times.
to legend, Ostia was founded by one of the seven Roman kings
main difference with many others ancient Roman cities such as Pompei
or Leptis Magna in Libia,that are even better preserved, is that Ostia was the first area to be colonized by
the Romans and was inhabited up to the end of the ancient Roman
your tour, your guide will tell you about the cultural and social
life of this interesting commercial settlement. We will start at ‘Via
delle Tombe’ or "road of the tombs", which leads to the
‘Porta Romana’, one of the city’s three gates. This is the
beginning of the ‘Decumanus Maximus’, together with the Cardus
Maximus the main thoroughfare that crosses the city from northeast
along the narrow lanes, we will arrive at the "Terme di
Nettuno" the thermal baths so called for the Neptune mosaic
decorations and the Theatre built by Agrippa, which is still used
for summer plays. From here we will see the House of Diana so called
for its decoration and its balcony next to it the ‘Thermopolium’
an ancient Roman snack bar or fast food with a marble counter and
frescos representing fruit and foodstuffs.
it’s on to the Forum, which formed the centre of the city at the
crossing of the Decumano and the Cardo Maximo. Here you will
discover the main public buildings, the
temple of Rome and Augustus, the Basilica, the forum thermal baths
and the public latrine. Here we will start our way back to entrance.