Love at first sight. This is the most common feeling you can experience in the archeological area of Ostia Antica. A breathless walk through history, a stunning place full of well-preserved roman ruins. This was the location of the harbour city of Ancient Rome, close to the River Tiber and the sea.
It’s a really interesting visit for the whole family: both children and adults can easily imagine how this fortified citadel, founded in the IVth century BC, used to be.
There are five main parts you can still admire: the commercial street, with official buildings, methods and sites of production. The sacred buildings, of different religious communities. The city centre: the baths, the market and the forum, which was the political heart of Ostia. The river-port quarters, with its paintings and mosaics, and the area of Ostia Antica’s “modern buildings“.
There is also a Museum which holds some of the finest city’s statuary.
About 34 hectares of beauty, the equivalent to two thirds of the city’s original extension. The theatre is so well preserved that nowadays it is used for theatrical performances. And it’s simply fabulous.
Let your imagination take you back 2,000 years!
Words cannot explain the atmosphere you can breath around there. It’s a really nice surprise: it even seems to hear voices and see the ancient Romans busy with their daily activities. This site is worth seeing: it’s a small, intimate Rome, which keeps the same magnificence.