Ostia Antica between Mithraism and Christianity

Overview
Discover with us the fascinating world of religions that coexisted in the Roman Empire for centuries and the secrets of the mystery cult of Mithras.

All our guided tours are always carried out by qualified tour guides who are experts at the Ostia Antica site.

This is dedicated to the many religions, mystery cults and magical rituals that coexisted in Rome, that often landed on the Italian coasts from the eastern regions of the Empire.

Ostia Antica, the port of Rome on the River Tiber, has been for many centuries a crossroads of languages, ethnicities, traditions and religions. Before Christianity became the official religion of the Empire (380), Ostia hosted gods of different origin: from Magna Mater, Isis, Attis and Serapis. Furthermore, Ostia also preserves one of the oldest synagogues of the Mediterranean area. This tour will let you discover some little-known parts of Ostia, which are essential to understand the dynamics of the ancient world. A fascinating journey that will touch, among other things, several mithraeums: the mystery cult of the god Mithras, brought from Persia by Roman soldiers, was in fact exceptionally widespread.

The price of the tour DOES NOT include the entrance ticket to the excavations of Ostia Antica.

For children under 18 there is a discounted price:

[we recommend, in the case of family groups, to consider the Family Tour option on this site].

  • Children 0 ai 3 years = 0 EUR
  • Children 4 ai 12 years = 25 EUR
  • Children 13 – 17 years = 60 EUR
  • The tour starts with a minimum of two paying adults.

Classic Tour: The Best of Ostia Antica

Experience the history of Ancient Rome and immerse yourself in this unique archaeological site on an unforgettable tour of 2 hours and 30 minutes

The tour “The Best of Ostia Antica” will allow you to visit the most important buildings of this extraordinary archaeological site in which ancient ruins and nature blend to create fascinating landscapes.

Ostia was founded, according to the ancient sources, by King Ancus Marcius in a strategic area from a military and commercial point of view. It was the first Roman colony, the port of the city of Rome at the mouth (ostium) of the river Tiber.

Along the way you will be able to see the grandiose theater dating back to the time of Augustus and still in use, the Baths of Neptune and its mythological mosaics, the remains of the imposing Capitolium that dominates the square of the Forum and the famous insulae and tabernae. Considered the best preserved Roman city in the world (together with Pompeii but much larger), Ostia Antica is really a place where it is possible to experience the daily life of the ancient Romans over a chronological span of eight centuries.

All our guided tours are carried out by licensed tour guides who are experts at the Ostia Antica site.

The entrance ticket to the excavations is NOT included.

For children under 18 there is a discounted price:

[we recommend, in the case of family groups, to consider the Family Tour option on this site].

  • Children 0 ai 3 years = 0 EUR
  • Children 4 ai 12 years = 25 EUR
  • Children 13 – 17 years = 60 EUR

The tour starts with a minimum of two paying adults.

Ostia Antica family tour

Overview
The Family Tour is designed to allow families to visit Ostia Antica at an advantageous price. The charm of this Roman city suspended in time will captivate you!

All our guided tours are always carried out by qualified tour guides who are experts at the Ostia Antica site.

TOUR DESCRIPTION

The archaeological site of Ostia Antica is a magical place where young and old can experience the unforgettable experience of a journey through time and learn about the habits, vices and virtues of the ancient Romans. We will discover together some of the most famous places in Ostia Antica such as the Theater, the Baths of the Forum, the public latrines and the Thermopolium, a real fast-food restaurant of antiquity. Our family tour is designed to satisfy the curiosities of the older ones and stimulate the little ones without tiring them too much: for this reason the expected duration is about 1h45. Get to know this fascinating place surrounded by nature and away from the noise of the city!

THE WHOLE FAMILY TAKES PART IN THE TOUR: MOM, DAD AND THEIR CHILDREN (up to 17 years).

The entrance ticket to the Ostia Antica Archaeological Park is not included. Please note that minors up to 17 years of age enter for free.

For special requests or to receive further information, do not hesitate to write to us: info@visitostiaantica.org.