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The perfect half day tour from Rome to learn more about ancient Roman ruins but do not have time to travel to Pompeii.
Ancient Ostia Group Tour – Departure from Rome with your guide via Ostiense port, the ancient walls erected by the Emperor Aurelian in 270 ad and the massive marble Pyramid of Caius cestius which dates from the first century BC. After about 20 km you’ll reach the excavations of Ostia Antica, located at the mouth of the Tiber River on the Mediterranean coast. Visit to the seaport of ancient Rome. Rediscovered only in XIX century and excavated mainly from the 1920s to the 1940s, ostia was probably founded in the seventh century b.c. for the extraction of salt from the marshes, but later in the IV century BC it became a port and military navala securing access to Rome across the Tiber.
The Ancient Ostia Group Tour continues with the superb Mediterranean environment typical of the excavations, covered by majestic pines and cypress trees, is as fascinating as the archaeological area of Pompeii, but without the same crowd and only 20 minutes from Rome. 34 hectares were excavated from what became a ghost town when an epochal flood changed the course of the Tiber. With intriguing explanations and sure of your erudite entertainment guide, you will know what life was like in this ancient seaport. You will discover the various types of settlements and blocks (insulae) low middle class, and visit the residences of wealthy classes walking along the network of roads still intact.
With the Ancient Ostia Group Tour you can explore the interiors of the temples, Roman baths, shops, mills, taverns and public bathrooms, all with mosaic floors and colorful frescoed walls, with decorations such as stucco and statues, which will give tourists an idea of teeming life of the port. Return to Rome and end of Tour of ancient Ostia.
Ostia antica takes its name from the latin word ostium meaning mouth. Founded as a military base, it became an important commercial port for the supply of grain for Rome
Starting from Porta Romana and proceeding along the main road – Decumanus Maximus – we will visit the old metropolis and Piazzale della Vittoria.
Next we will visit the baths of Neptune, one of the public services of the city constructed by Adriano and ornated with fine mosaics. Behind the Bath’s of Neptune, the Firemen’s barrack of the Adrian’s age.
The visit will continue with the Theatre erected by Agrippa in the 1st century b.c. From the top of the staircase you have a beautiful view of the excavations.
After visiting the House of Diana we will reach the centre of Ostia where we will be able to admire the Forum, the political centre of Ostia, the Temple of Rome and Augustus and the Baths.
The excursion will end with a visit of the Basilica: a large aula in the form of rectangle encircled by an arcade, on the right side of which we find the Round temple dating from the 3rd century.