Ostia Antica lies about 3 kilometers from Ostia Lido easily reachable by two metro stop from Lido Centro station and thirty kilometers from Rome; the beautifully preserved ruins are found in the meadows of River Tiber. In the ancient Rome, Ostia was a port city, an important place where goods and people coming in and out of the Roman Empire passed. Getting into this wonderful tourist destination is easy; it will take approximately an hour to get here from the city centre of Rome. There is a railway station eight hundred yards from the gate. For those who would like to take a guided tour, this can be arranged while in Rome.
Ostia Antica excavation is a sprawling ten thousand acres of land with a main street which runs for approximately two and half kilometers. One can imagine how the place was be during the Roman Empire, if it seems magnificent after hundred years of ruin, the place must have been beautiful during its heydays.
One can only get the picture through visiting the place, it is full of history; there is a lot to learn from these beautifully preserved ruins of a Roman Empire transport hub.
The countryside is just what one would have imagined, having all the characteristics of a rural area, it is flat and there is very little detraction from modernity which may characterize a tourist destination of this caliber. The area is very large; some of the areas away from the street have overgrown unkempt paths but offer a free access to the one of the magnificent view of the ruins that holds so much in terms of the historical information.
What you will see while in Ostia Ancient Rome
You are also bound to see magnificent architectural structures; this will make you appreciate the level of creativity exhibited by the ancient people in the Roman Empire. You will see apartment buildings which have two or three upper floors, there are also the medianum apartments which were mostly habited by the traders or the middle class, the Domus or the houses which were owned by the upper class are also well preserved in the site.
There are also several structures which houses shops, bars, hotels and brothels. Some of the structures which were used as baths and communal latrines still stand in the streets of Ostia. Other structures include the store buildings, wall paintings, sculpture, temples and shrines which were dedicated to ancient gods among other remains which make Ostia Antica a must visit to anyone who is studying history or just interested in knowing more about the Ancient Roman Empire and the lands it occupied.
You will also have a chance to visit a museum where you can learn more about Ostia. There are also modern restaurant and a toilet block right at the middle of the site. You will be surprised to find that most of the island is not commercial.
Like most of the ruins in different parts of the world, it might not make much sense for a visitor just to go for sight seeing; it would be more enjoyable if you get a guide who can explain things around. If you are unable to get a personal guide, there is an optional of acquiring an audio guide from the ticket office. The audio guides are available in several languages; you will have a recorded voice speaking to you in English, French, German, Italian and other languages.
The site is sun exposed and at times it can get very hot especially during the summer season, this means that if you are visiting around this time make sure you go armed with a sunscreen and an umbrella to avoid exposure to harmful sunrays.
Admission to Ostia Antica Excavation
Ostia Antica operates daily, the opening and closing hours are very flexible, the admission fees vary depending on the visitor place of origin. Seniors and children from any European Union country may enjoy free admission into the site.
Getting to Ostia through public means
You can easily get to Ostia Antica through public transport from Lido di Ostia, there is a suburban passenger train services which cruises several times in an hour from Rome to Ostia Antica or Lido di Ostia central station a short distance from the site, and actually it will only take you five minutes to get to the site from the station.
From B&B Barocchetto Romano is only 10 minutes,two train stops.
A visit to Ostia will take you back more than two thousand years ago, days when Roman Empire was ruling the Mediterranean region, when the city was a thriving trading centre , an exit and an entrance point for people and goods , home to more than sixty thousand people, a large city by the standards then.