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Scavi di Ostia Antica (Ostia Antica excavations)

  • Viale dei Romagnoli 717 Map It
  • Ostia Antica
  • Archaeological Site/Ruins
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 06/07/2016

Fodor's Review

Tidal mud and windblown sand covered the ancient port town, which lay buried until the beginning of the 20th century, when it was extensively excavated. A cosmopolitan population of rich businessmen, wily merchants, sailors, slaves, and their respective families once populated the city. The great warehouses were built in the 2nd century AD to handle huge shipments of grain from Africa; the insulae (forerunners of the modern apartment building) provided housing for the city's growing population. The combined assaults of the barbarians and the malaria-carrying mosquito, as well as the Tiber changing course, led to the port's abandonment. The Museo Ostiense inside the ruined city displays sculptures, mosaics, and objects of daily use found here. There's a cafeteria on site. The recently excavated ports of Tiberius and Claudius are nearby and also well worth visiting.

Sight Information


Viale dei Romagnoli 717, Ostia Antica, Latium, 00119, Italy

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Sight Details:

  • €8, includes Museo Ostiense (€11 when there is an exhibition); free 1st Sun. of month
  • Closed Mon.

Published 06/07/2016


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