Ostia, not just a beach

When most people get to Rome they usually want to take a day trip to Pompei. However Ostia is much closer, easier to get to and in a much better state of preservation. The mosaics and frescoes are in very good condition considereing the amount of time and centuries worth of weather they have had to contend with.




This port used to be extremely important to the the city of ancient Rome. It was used to ship many good essential to the city’s inhabitants like grain and other common foodstuffs. However another harbour was built at Fiumicino and yet another at Civitavecchia. This eventually lead to Ostia losing it’s importance as Rome’s only commercially important harbour.

Eventually the city was abandoned. The ancient structures that were left over were recycled and used again to construct other bulidings in Rome. The marble was also torn off and used to make quick lime.




The directions to Ostia aresimple and its relatively close to Rome. You can get there very easily by metro and then change over to a train. You take line B ,the blue line on the metro, and you get off at Piramide metro stop. From there you take the train going to Ostia Lido. The journey takes about 55 minutes and you can use a metro ticket for the trip. So a day pass or even a seventy five minute ticket for one euro will suffice. So a maximum of two euro there and back is very cheap.

The site is closed on Mondays and on the 1st of January, the 1st of May and December the 25th. At the moment the site is open from 9 in the morning till 6 in the evening and you have to be out by 7. Tickets cost 4 euro including entrance to the museum.

Go have a look around at some well preserved buildings and curiosities of ancient Rome and even if you don’t want to go see some old ruins at least you know how to get to the beach.