- 8 hours
An Inspired Itinerary - Ostia Antica in Depth
The day will begin with a private van transfer from your accommodation in central Rome and a scenic drive towards the coast to the site of Ostia Antica which lies about forty minutes west of the city center. At this amazing archaeological park, which rivals Pompeii, we will witness the development of a Roman town from its beginnings as a military garrison protecting the salt pans at the mouth of the Tiber River, to the home of the warehouses of the city, and into the luxury summer estates of the Patricians. Through these diverse sites, Livia will provide you with a deeper understanding of the changes that occurred in Roman society through the centuries.
On our return trip to Rome, again by private van, we will make a special stop at the Museum of Roman Civilization to see the marvelous Opus Sectile House. Excavated in the 1930’s, l’Edificio con Opus Sectile was a Domus or house in the Porta Marina area of the ancient city of Ostia. Constructed in the 4th Century BCE, the intricate marble inlaid walls are meticulously preserved and reconstructed in this remarkable museum installation.
We’ll leave our day with Livia with a complete understanding not only of Ostia Antica and its role in Roman commerce and trade but we will also have a deeper appreciation for daily life in the ancient world which will complement the rest of our time in Rome.
NOTE: This tour includes a car service that will pick you up at your accommodation. Please tell us your hotel or apartment address in the 'Additional Details' box while adding the tour to your shopping cart.
The published itinerary represents Livia’s favorite way to explore ancient Rome's history. If you are looking for something different, please check out our other Rome offerings!
Livia obtained a degree in Archaeology at the Sapienza University of Rome and has a Master's degree in the History and Conservation of Cultural Heritage from the University of Roma Tre. Her main field of interest is ancient Roman topography and early Christian architecture; however, she is an accomplished scholar whose teaching ability extends to the Renaissance and Baroque Rome. As a native Roman, Livia is very enthusiastic in sharing the deep love and knowledge she has for her hometown with clients.
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