|Meeting point:||Ostia Antica ticket office|
|Duration:||2 hrs 30 mins|
|Start time:||Every day except Mondays and religious holidays. Times vary.|
The Ostia Antica tour with Kids Tours of Rome is a wonderful private tour that is a perfect alternative if you’re unable to visit Pompeii during your next holiday trip to Italy. This lesser known (and less crowded) venue is just outside of Rome’s city center near the Fiumicino Airport and was at one time one of the most important trading ports of the Roman Empire. Don’t let everyone’s general lack of education about this place fool you, it’s amazing!
After the fall of the Great Roman Empire, Ostia eventually became a ghost town and nature took over. The port town was pilfered for building materials and overgrown for nearly one thousand years until excavations of the ancient ruins began in the 19th century.
Today, modern Ostia is a suburban seaside area outside of Rome and Ostia Antica is an interesting archeological park that archeologists continue to uncover. During your tour you can walk down the ancient roads, enter ancient businesses and apartment buildings, visit the government center, see the theater that once held about 4,000 spectators, and more.
There are many wonderfully preserved mosaics and a small museum for viewing some of the more delicate excavations and original statues from the site. Your expert guide will navigate you and your family through the ruins while telling stories of how the early Romans lived, show you were they ate, and lead your family efficiently through this large site.
Ostia Antica is best seen with a guide who knows the history there and can clearly explain everything you see. It is a perfect venue for families with children of all ages. Come discover this lost city with one of our family friendly guides for an unforgettable experience!
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