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Ostia Antica Archaeological Park
Type: Attractions, Day Trips, Great Views, Historic Sites, Outdoor Activities
If you're looking for a quick and easy break to get away from the city, you might consider taking a day trip to Ostia Antica. Compared to Pompeii but much closer to Rome and far less crowded, you'll... Read More
If you're looking for a quick and easy break to get away from the city, you might consider taking a day trip to Ostia Antica. Compared to Pompeii but much closer to Rome and far less crowded, you'll witness ruins and relics that date back to the 4th century B.C. and ancient mosaics that date back to the 2nd century A.D. There's also a lovely amphitheater that truly captures the richness of this magical ancient city! According to ancient legend, the town of Ostia was founded by the fourth kind of Rome, Ancus Marcius. Though no archaeological finds dating back to this period have been uncovered to date. Rather, the 'Ostia Antica' as we know it today dates back to the 4th century B.C. Ostia means "mouth" in Latin. As it was positioned at the mouth of the Tiber River, Ostia served as a seaport of Rome.
- Historic Sites: "To get there, you'll want to hop on the Metro B line (direction Laurentina) and get off at the Piramide stop. Once you've gotten off at the stop, you'll need to look for and follow the signs that read 'ROMA-LIDO'. The good thing is that your bus pass allows you to travel on this line at no extra charge. This train typically runs every 15 minutes or so. Once you hop on the train, it will take you about 30 minutes to reach Ostia Antica. Make sure you get off at the 7th stop which is called 'Ostia Antica.' Once you get off at the Ostia Antica stop, as you exit the station, you'll cross the pedestrian bridge until you reach a parking lot. Here you'll need to make a left and almost immediately, you'll see the entrance to the Ostia Antica archaeological park. To get into the park, you'll need to pay 6,50 for a ticket. Keep in mind though, that the park is closed on Mondays."
- Best for Historic Sites Because: Take a break from the city center and step back to the 4th century BC at the ruins of Ostia Antica.