If you are looking for a sightseeing day outside of Rome during your stay in the Eternal City, then Ostia Antica should definitely be on your list. This ancient city is comparable to a small Pompeii in terms of its ancient ruins and archaeological importance. The city was originally on the sea, at the mouth of the River Tiber. However, due to silting, it now lies an incredible 3 kilometres (2 miles) from the sea. Many of the ruins at Ostia Antica date back to the 4th century BC, but it is thought that the area was founded before then and was probably Rome’s first ‘colonnia’. Over the centuries it was left to ruin after being plundered for its marble and materials. The city ruins remained preserved for hundreds of years, as it was slowly covered and protected by the silt.
Please note that on the first Sunday of every month, entrance is free for everyone!
Address: Viale dei Romagnoli 717, 00119 Ostia Antica. Opening times: 8:30am to 6:00pm. Entrance: 10 Euros. Public Transport: Roma-Lido (Cristoforo Colombo) train line for 7 stops and alight at Ostia Antica.