Ostia Antica is a perfect place for a one day trip from Rome. It is easily reachable, cheap, and let you respite from hustle and bustle of the city. It is a must-see place for all of you who dreamed about visit Pompeii but have never had a chance. Furthermore, after a long day, you can relax on the beach and swim in the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Ostia: Rome one day trip idea
How to get
Ostia Antica is easily reachable without the car. Take a metro to Piramide Station. When you get off, you need to follow the signs. As a result, they lead you right to the platform when the train to Ostia leaves. Most noteworthy you don’t need to buy another ticket. The whole trip costs 1,50 euro in one way! You need to get off the train in Ostia Antica station, a short walk and you are there.
What to see
The most interesting part of Ostia is Archeological Park. The entry ticket costs 10 euro. It is totally worth the price. After crossing the gate, you enter in the ancient world. You can feel and touch ancient life.
Decumanus Maximus is the main street of the Ancient Ostia. Following it, you don’t miss any attraction, but I recommend to get out of the way and imagine life in the ancient city.
The capacity of the theater of Ostia was around 4000 spectators. The theater was twice higher than we can admire today. Above all, I recommend climbing to the highest point with the spectacular view of the ruins.
Baths of the Neptune
The public baths were an important part of the ancient life of Romans. The baths had not only hygienic purposes but were part of the social life. The floor is made with the rich mosaic with the sea theme. Most of the Romas were illiterates, so the mosaic was used as a form of information.
Termopilum is worth attention because it is a kind of antic coffee shop. The most interesting are the paintings on the walls. The murals play the role of the antic menu.
Outside of Archeological Park worth to see is Julius II castle. It was built in the XV century. Next to the castle is also the church of Sant’Aurea.
Ostia is also a perfect place because of proximity to the sea. After the day full of history you can have a drink and relax on the beach. More about the beaches in Italy you will find here. I hope you like Rome one day trip idea. Share it!
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