Ancient Ostia Excavation
Average visit time
Viale dei Romagnoli, 00119 Rome RM
Hours of operation
8:30am-05:00pm Close on Monday, 1 january, 1 may and 25 december
Ostia was one of the first Roman colonies founded by the ancient Roman king Anco Marzio as a port and centre for trade. In no time at all, Ostia had become a major Imperial Roman Port and provided the economic stimulus needed to finance the empire. During this period the city experienced great investment and interest even if it would shortly be abandoned at the turn of the middle ages. It wasn’t until the XIX century that interest in Ostia resurfaced and excavations began. Many ancient dwellings, walls theatres and old roman buildings were uncovered. Though the excavation projects in Ancient Ostia began along the coast, they soon reached almost 3 km inland. Within the excavated area there are a number of buildings and locations now visible such as the ancient walls of the city, the Temple of Ercole, the Mitreo, the Domus di Amore e Psiche, the Domus di Giove e Ganimede, the Casa delle Muse, the Terme of the Forum, the Roman Forum, the Terme di Nettuno and many other examples of social life of the time. The most interesting and representative pieces excavated in Ostia is without a doubt the beautiful Roman Theatre which was built during the reign of Augustus. The theatre was restored in 1927 and is used today for outdoor concerts and live performances. In Ostia, there is also a museum that collects various artifacts from the Imperial era such as sarcophaguses and sculptures. While visiting the ruins in Ostia, you can follow several different paths through the archeological area. For more information about the Ancient Ostia excavations hours of operation, tickets and guided tours, please visit the website.