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What is Ostia?

Ostia is a coastal town and important archeological site in Italy, located about 30 km southwest of Rome.

What can I see in Ostia?

Ostia is home to ancient ruins of what used to be the port city of ancient Rome, such as the Ostia Antica, an impressive archeological park where one can see well-preserved ruins of buildings, temples, baths, and even a theater.

How can I get to Ostia from Rome?

Visitors can get to Ostia using either train, bus, or taxi. There are trains that depart from the Piramide or Roma Ostiense train stations and take approximately 30 minutes to reach Ostia. Bus services are also available from the EUR Magliana metro station, albeit less frequently. Taxis, on the other hand, can be easily hailed from any part of Rome and will take about half an hour to reach Ostia.

Does Ostia have a beach?

Yes. Ostia has a beautiful beach that stretches for over 10 km long. Visitors can enjoy swimming or sunbathing during summer months, while also enjoying the perks of the nearby restaurants, bars, and shops.

Is there a fee to enter Ostia Antica?

Yes. Visitors to Ostia Antica must pay an entrance fee of € 10 for adults (with a discount for students and children). There are audio guides available for an additional charge.

Travel Guide to Ostia

Ostia, Italian for "mouth", is generally considered as the ancient port town of Rome, which has now been put together with the capital by the Ortus Urbis. Ostia is situated a 30-minute train ride from Rome; it is along the Tiber River's mouth, and depending on your luck, you might end up enjoying the beautiful scenic view of the Tyrrhenian sea.Ostia is a perfect spot if you are trying to escape the hordes of tourists in Rome or looking for a more relaxed environment to experience Italian history. Here is a travel guide to Ostia:How to get there: \nFrom Rome, take the C train (Roma-Lido line) and disembark at Lido Centrale. Tickets are purchased from Tobacconists, most bars, newsstands and ticket machines.What to see:\nThe Ostia Antica archeological site is a must-see for history enthusiasts. It is one of Italy's most pertinent archeological areas, showcasing stunning preserved remains of ancient Roman civilization. Be sure to check out the impressive amphitheater and the striking mosaics in the thermal baths.You can meander through the town and observe ancient Roman buildings series such as temples, chapels, shops and hostels. The town of Ostia was a necessity for Rome's food supply; thus, back then, vendors set up their shops called -Tabernas, they were merely cabinets in which food was lodged. You will also see how several statues have come to represent the fountains, the structures of the port/harbors of Ostia, amphitheaters etc.Where to eat:\nThe area is dotted with some great seafood restaurants. You can sample fresh seafood from the Tyrrhenian Sea at pizzeria restaurants within the historic center.Where to stay: \nIf you are taking a multi-day tour, there are a range of hotels to choose from in neighboring Lido di Ostia. However housing in Ostia tends to be limited, most rooms are short-term rentals, hence it's best to check out Airbnb or Booking.com for the best accommodation. Conclusion: \nA visit to Ostia is definitely recommended if you want a more unassuming historical site with a captivating ambiance in Italy.

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