Ostia is a lively neighbourhood set on the sparkling Tyrrhenian Sea. Ostia Antica, a Roman seaport founded in 620 BC, is the star attraction. Explore the archaeological site and learn about life in Ancient Rome. Gorgeous beaches lined with bars and cafes attract locals in search of sun, sand and saltwater.
Things to do in Ostia/Acilia
Ostia is one of the closest beachside neighbourhoods to Rome. Soft sand and clear, shallow water make it the city’s favourite summer destination. Locals flock to swim, sunbathe and enjoy the holiday atmosphere. Breezy streets lined with palm trees and ochre-coloured buildings give the neighbourhood a summery vibe. Beach clubs, also known as lidos, dot the shoreline and offer sun lounger and umbrella rentals. Sip a cocktail with your feet in the sand and order dishes like grilled octopus and spaghetti with clams.
Turn back time in the ancient port city of Ostia Antica. The Roman archaeology site is beautifully preserved and feels like a miniature Pompeii. Marvel at the enormous amphitheatre with capacity for 4,000 people and admire intricate black-and-white mosaic floors in the Baths of Neptune, which date back to the 2nd century. The site is enormous, so you’ll need several hours to tick off the highlights.
Decumanus Maximus stretches for more than one kilometre and connects the ancient city with the original seaport. The thoroughfare is dotted with buildings, including an ancient café complete with a painted fresco menu. At the northern end is a small museum where you can see statues, ceramics and sarcophagi found on the site.
Getting around Ostia/Acilia
Ostia is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot. The beachfront district is five kilometres from the Ostia Antica archaeological site. Taxis make the trip in under 15 minutes. Trains run between Rome and Ostia Lido Centro Station in one hour, while driving can take up to 1.5 hours depending on traffic. Leonardo da Vinci International Airport is a 15-minute drive away.