Tour Rome with Livia, Archaeologist

Fully-planned day with private guide in Rome
From US$3,672 privately
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8 hours
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  • Ostia Antica Archaeological Site
  • Museum of Civilizations: Middle Ages Collection
  • Museum of Roman Ships
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  • A scholarly excursion from Rome to explore Ostia Antica, archaeology and ancient history
  • Led by Livia, Private Guide in Rome and Archaeologist
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Tour Description
Meet Livia, your Rome private guide to the archaeology of the Eternal City.

Livia obtained a degree in Archaeology at La Sapienza University of Rome and has a Master's degree in the History and Conservation of Cultural Heritage from the University of Rome ‘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 Renaissance and Baroque Rome. 
One of Context’s family experts, Livia enjoys exploring with travelers of all ages. As a native Roman, she is very enthusiastic in sharing the deep love and knowledge she has for her hometown with clients.
Languages: Italian, English

An Inspired Itinerary - Ostia Antica in Depth

Join Livia at Ostia Antica, her favorite site in ancient Rome.  On this full-day exploration of the complete site, Livia will share not only her knowledge but her passion for this remarkable example of a Roman port city.  She’ll also share insider tips on the archeology of ancient Rome while enjoying a local lunch together.  

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 Civilizations 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.


What is included in the itinerary?
Rome Private Guide itineraries include the cost of your time with your private guide and usually include museum or monument entrance tickets. Private car service to and from your accommodation in Rome to Ostia Antica is also included on this tour. Lunch and refreshments are at your expense.

What if I want a different itinerary with this expert?
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!

Is this suitable for children and/or travelers with mobility challenges? 
Yes. We can adapt the itinerary based on the ages, needs, and interests of travelers in your party. 
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Seeing Ostea through an archeologist’s eyes is an incredibly rich experience.
Livia is an absolutely superb guide. To begin with, she organized the day perfectly. It was ideal that we stopped first at the Museum of the High Middle Ages, then at the newly reopened Roman Ship Museum, and thus when we arrived at Ostia Antica we could stay as long as we wanted without having to be conscious of leaving time for those two museums afterward. But of course most important is Livia’s brilliance as a scholar of ancient Rome, the passion and excitement with which she shared her knowledge and explained what we were seeing. She is truly amazing in bringing together such depth of knowledge with a capacity to make history come alive. She is also such a thoughtful and kind person, always making sure that we were comfortable, caring about our well-being. It was a wonderful day and we wouldn’t have done anything differently.

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