Ostia Antica Private guided tour
- Meeting point: Ostia
- 2 hours
Ostia is an ancient Roman colony and one of the largest archaeological sites dating back to ancient Rome. It is supposed that its foundation back to 620 BC by the hand of the fourth king of Rome, Anco Marzio, for reasons linked to the exploitation of the salt marshes placed at the mouth of the Tiber (hence the name Ostia, from ostium that stands for mouth).
Territory and geographical area of Ostia Antica were very different from the modern city. Specifically, the ancient town rose in a strategic location, close to the sea at the mouth of the River Tiber. The oldest sign is a fort made of tuff blocks by Roman colonists in the second half of the IV century to watch the mouth of the river and the local coastline.
Walking through the well-preserved ruins of Ostia Antica, makes you feel like to be in a mysterious place. With our tour guide you can start the visit going through Decumano Massimo, the street, which runs from Porta Romana to Porta Marina. There are still signs on the walls and stunning mosaic, preserved in a few buildings.
In the northern area there are Forum delle Corporazioni and Roman Theatre, recording the role of trading business over Imperial Ostia. There are few more attractive feautures to be seen like Thermal baths devoted to Neptune with marine theme mosaics, Basilica, Domus of Cupid and Psyche, Collegia, semi-underground Mithraeum, a tavern well-preserved and, finally, apartments with frescoes called Insulae. Catch the opportunity to take part to this 2 hour tour with our licensed tour guide.
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