Ostia is the old Harbour of the Romans. Visiting Ostia is like visiting Tivoli and Hadrian’s villa: a relaxing trip, that takes you away from the noise and incessant police-sirens of Rome. Reserve a whole day for your visit – not just to relax, but also because Ostia deserves it.
The best way to reach Ostia from Rome is by using the metro. Trains leave at station Piramide: get off the regular metro at Piramide, go up the escalator, turn immediately left and down the steps into the Roma-Lido station. Trains also leave at station Magliana, but we advise Piramide: this way you’re sure to find a seat on the train. A normal metro ticket will suffice for the entire journey. Get out at the stop Ostia Antica.
There is a bar on the site, but it may be a good idea to get some food and drink in the small, enchanting modern village Ostia Antica, only two minutes away. Turn right towards the medieval fortress to get to the modern village. Here you will find a good Alimentari. You can have a bread roll filled with something (ham, etc.) prepared for you at the Alimentari. They also have soft drinks and mineral water sold from cold cabinets. The best ice cream (made on the premises) is to be found at Il Gelataio which is next to the Alimentari.