All roads lead to Rome is an old saying. But what will happen if you start in Rome, and let one of the many roads take you where it leads? You might end up in Ostia Antica, a beautifully preserved set of ruins about twenty miles outside of Rome. Set between the Tiber River and the Tyrrhenian Sea, this ancient Roman settlement is rich in history.
How did it Begin?
As far as archaeologists can tell, the settlement of Ostia Antica was originally founded as a military settlement, designed to guard the river mouth against naval invasions. Later in time, when the Tiber River was essential to reaching the capital, Ostia Antica became a central naval hub for cargo boats, and its population bloomed until it reached close to 100,000.
What can I See?
If you pass through the Roman Gate you will see all manner of ancient wonders left behind by the Romans. Ostia Antica contained an amphitheater that could house about 3500 spectators, and the Baths of Neptune, where a prominent mosaic of the Sea god can be seen. Walking through the streets you can see the public baths, the gymnastics field, apartment buildings, and all manner of other city buildings, the ruins of which are still standing to this day.
How soon can I Visit?
The hours of operation for the Ostia Antica ruins are 7 days a week, from 8:30 in the morning until dusk, between 4:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. depending on the time of year. The earlier the better, as there are many sights to take in, as well as interesting historical facts to learn.
One of the enjoyments of visiting this ancient city is reveling in how advanced Romans were for their time. It’s truly a sight to see, as just imagining its glory doesn’t do it justice!
Travel to Italy and see Ostia Antica in person!
AESU offers unique, thrilling travel programs for college students and young professionals at affordable rates. Each trip is action-packed and informal—designed just for people your own age. We are also able to design custom tours just for your group.
AESU offers several trips to Italy, including: Cosmopolitan, Explorer, Euro Focus, Great Escape, Viva Italia, and Euro Spree. Explore Italy and its ancient architecture, plus see Ostia Antica and explore the beautifully-preserved ruins!
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