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Visit the necropolis, Neptune Thermae, Theater, the Forum, The Foum Thermae, a thermopolium (ancient type of bar), a miller and baker shop, a mythraeum, the shops, temples and public buildings: villas, apartment houses and warehouses.
Tour Code & Name: RO/03 - Ancient Port of Ostia
Duration: 4 hours approximately
Meeting Point and Departure Time: to be agreed
Operating days: Tuesday to Sunday. Closed all Mondays, January 1 and December 25.
Handicapped Visitors: itinerary very difficult with wheelchair
Transportation: driving and walking tour
Entrance Fees: Ç 4.00
Tips: meals, public transportation (taxis, metros, buses) and museum or monument entrance fees (indicated on the tour information schedule) are not included and must be paid by the client on the spot. When requested and when it is possible, we may purchase tickets beforehand and we may book a selected restaurant.
Please notice: we may easily adapt our tours to meet your requirements.
Booking: tours should be booked at least 15 days prior to your scheduled arrival. Anyhow you may always send us an e-mail at any time and we will make all the efforts to meet your requirements.
This visit gives you a refreshing break from the chaos, noise and pollution of the city. Ostia Antica is not far from the center of Rome, and makes a pleasant half-day visit. Although it is now 3 km inland, Ostia was originally developed as a sea port on the left bank of Tiber river, prior to the silting up of the Tiber's estuary. Ostia increased in importance from the fourth century B.C., becoming a major naval and trading base.
As Rome's port, the town had obvious commercial significance, and expanded in size and grandeur to match this position. However, during the third century A.D., its place was taken by the new port, Portus Romae, built on the right bank of river Tiber and within the next couple of centuries Ostia had begun its decline. The Tiber was no longer navigable, the roads were overgrown, and Ostia sank into muddy oblivion.
In relation to Pompeii, Ostia gives a more complete picture of life under the Roman Empire. People of all social classes and from all over the Mediterranean lived and worked here.
Nowadays much of the old town has been excavated. There is a lot to see, and a leisurely wander is extremely rewarding. Major sites include the Roman theater, the impressive Forum, the Forum Thermae a large baths complex and more than one Mithraeums. Many of the buildings are preserved up to the second storey, giving a powerful sense of the past.
There are impressive mosaics and columns everywhere (statues are mostly taken away for safekeeping in the Museum), but highlights include the smaller domestic details: the fishmonger's marble slab, the bar with its wares illustrated on the wall, the communal public toilets, the residential villas with peaceful courtyards.
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