©

Ostia Antica trip planner

Create a fully customized
day-by-day itinerary for free

Itinerary Planner
+ Add destination
2 adults
Adults
- +
Teens
- +
Kids
- +
Close

Ostia Antica

Trip Planner Europe  /  Italy  /  Lazio  /  Province of Rome  /  Ostia Antica
(2,400+ reviews from 4 attractions)
Historic Sites Theme Parks
Ostia Antica is a large archeological site, close to the modern suburb of Ostia, that was the location of the harbour city of ancient Rome, which is approximately 30km to the northeast. "Ostia" (plur. of "ostium") is a derivation of "os", the Latin word for "mouth". At the mouth of the River Tiber, Ostia was Rome's seaport, but due to silting the site now lies 3km from the sea. The site is noted for the excellent preservation of its ancient buildings, magnificent frescoes and impressive mosaics.HistoryOriginsOstia may have been Rome's first colonia. According to the legend Ancus Marcius, the semi-legendary fourth king of Rome, first destroyed Ficana, an ancient town that was only 17km from Rome and had a small harbour on the Tiber, and then proceeded with establishing the new colony 10km further west and closer to the sea coast. An inscription seems to confirm the establishment of the old castrum of Ostia in the 7th century BC. The oldest archaeological remains so far discovered date back to only the 4th century BC. The most ancient buildings currently visible are from the 3rd century BC, notably the Castrum (military camp); of a slightly later date is the Capitolium (temple of Jupiter, Juno and Minerva). The opus quadratum of the walls of the original castrum at Ostia provide important evidence for the building techniques that were employed in Roman urbanisation during the period of the Middle Republic.
Plan how to spend your time in Ostia Antica and other destinations in Italy using our Italy tour planner.
Source
Create a full itinerary — for free!

Plan your trip to Ostia Antica

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Ostia Antica

Browse hundreds of hotels and read guest reviews on the world's leading online travel agency website.
CHECK IN - CHECK OUT
Millions of travel reviews
on TripAdvisor

Extend your holiday

Visit top cities near Ostia Antica:
Historic sites, sightseeing, museums
Visit for: 4 daysStart a plan »
Parks, historic sites, theme parks
Visit for: 3 daysStart a plan »
Theme parks, shopping
Visit for: 2 daysStart a plan »
Theme parks, nightlife, museums
Visit for: 2 daysStart a plan »
Theme parks, sightseeing, spas
Visit for: 2 daysStart a plan »

Recently planned trips to Ostia Antica

13 days in Italy, Bordeaux & Paris BY A USER FROM MEXICO February, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, museums, popular PREFERENCES: February, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 13 days in Province of Rome & Florence BY A USER FROM INDIA June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Province of Rome BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES July, teens, culture, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: July, teens, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in Northwest Italy & Northern Greece BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 4 days in Ostia Antica & Rome BY A USER FROM LITHUANIA August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 19 days in Italy BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: July, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Province of Rome BY A USER FROM TAIWAN July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Province of Rome BY A USER FROM TURKEY June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 14 days in Italy & Beaumes-de-Venise BY A USER FROM CANADA September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Rome & Ostia Antica BY A USER FROM PORTUGAL July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 3 days in Ostia Antica BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Ostia Antica BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans