Founded by King Anco Marzio around the 4th century BC, Ostia Antica was Rome's main commercial port and military base, with a population in its peak of nearly 100,000 inhabitants. Barbarian invasions and malaria led to the decline of city and eventually all the inhabitants abandoned it. Buried for centuries by sand, the city has now been excavated and offers a remarkable picture of life in the Roman Empire.
Your visit starts at Via delle Tombe, which leads to the Porta Romana, one of the city's three gates. This is the beginning of Decumanus Maximus, the main road through the town. From the Neptune and Amphitride Baths, you'll walk to the theater and the forum that were once the center of the city. Discover the main public buildings and no fewer than 18 temples dedicated to the Persian god Mithras, as well as a Jewish Synagogue dating from the 1st century BC and a Christian basilica. See the House of Diana and the Termopolium, an ancient Roman bar with a marble counter and fresco representing the fruits and foodstuffs that were sold there. Visit the Museum Ostiense, where many of the ancient sculptures and mosaics found among the ruins are on display. Afterwards, board your coach and proceed to the seaside resort of Ostia Lido. Free time allows you to explore this fascinating town, known as the Sea of Rome, and to enjoy a complimentary gelato. Then, you'll drive back to the ship.
Please note: Wear comfortable shoes; bring a hat, sunscreen and water.