Guidebook for Ostia Antica

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Guidebook for Ostia Antica

Sightseeing

Ostia Antica main attractions
Ancient buildings, magnificent frescoes and impressive mosaics. Travellers claim that Ostia Antica is better Pompeii. Ostia Antica has less crowds, is cheaper and much closer to Rome than Pompeii.
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Ostia Antica
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Ancient buildings, magnificent frescoes and impressive mosaics. Travellers claim that Ostia Antica is better Pompeii. Ostia Antica has less crowds, is cheaper and much closer to Rome than Pompeii.
Founded in the 4th century BC, Ostia started life as a fortified military camp guarding the mouth of the Tiber – hence the name, a derivation of the Latin word ostium (mouth). It quickly grew, and by the 2nd century AD it had become a thriving port . One of Italy's most thrilling archaeological sites.
Borgo di Ostia Antica
Founded in the 4th century BC, Ostia started life as a fortified military camp guarding the mouth of the Tiber – hence the name, a derivation of the Latin word ostium (mouth). It quickly grew, and by the 2nd century AD it had become a thriving port . One of Italy's most thrilling archaeological sites.
Rising above Ostia's medieval borgo (village), this landmark castle is a fine example of Renaissance military architecture. It's named after Pope Giulio II, who had it built at the end of the 15th century to guard the mouth of the Tiber, then one of the main access routes to Rome. It was eventually abandoned after the river's course was changed by heavy flooding in 1557. Admission is by guided tour only, with visits starting at 9am, 10.30am and noon.
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Castello di Giulio II
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Rising above Ostia's medieval borgo (village), this landmark castle is a fine example of Renaissance military architecture. It's named after Pope Giulio II, who had it built at the end of the 15th century to guard the mouth of the Tiber, then one of the main access routes to Rome. It was eventually abandoned after the river's course was changed by heavy flooding in 1557. Admission is by guided tour only, with visits starting at 9am, 10.30am and noon.

Food Scene

where to get the best food in town
top quality and fine organic food. Delicious pasta dishes, deli, cheeses, craft beers, excellent wines, great for lunch and dinner.
L'Alimentari
6 Piazza Umberto I
top quality and fine organic food. Delicious pasta dishes, deli, cheeses, craft beers, excellent wines, great for lunch and dinner.
famous spot with world celebs in the 1960s, among past guests Benito Mussolini, Richard Burton, Elisabeth Taylor, Richard Nixon, Jaqueline Kennedy, Federico Fellini.
Monumento
8 Piazza Umberto I
famous spot with world celebs in the 1960s, among past guests Benito Mussolini, Richard Burton, Elisabeth Taylor, Richard Nixon, Jaqueline Kennedy, Federico Fellini.
take away pizza. Only 1 minute walk from Ostia Lodge
Pizza Taxi s.r.l.
62 Via Gabriele Torremuzza
take away pizza. Only 1 minute walk from Ostia Lodge

Parks & Nature

only 20 mins walk through manor houses and eucalyptus trees
Procoio
only 20 mins walk through manor houses and eucalyptus trees
nice walk towards the river Tiber in agriculture farms and horse riding manor houses. Only 10-15 mins from Ostia Lodge
Via del Monte del Sale
nice walk towards the river Tiber in agriculture farms and horse riding manor houses. Only 10-15 mins from Ostia Lodge
large pinewood forest reacheable by bycicle in 20 mins or walking, 45 mins
Parco urbano Pineta di Castel Fusano
large pinewood forest reacheable by bycicle in 20 mins or walking, 45 mins

Drinks & Nightlife

cafe bar inside the medieval town open until late in the summer
Bistrot "Piazza Ravenna"
cafe bar inside the medieval town open until late in the summer
bar, ice cream and drinks
Il Gelataio Bar
752 Viale dei Romagnoli
bar, ice cream and drinks
on the beach kiosk, Ostia Lido, with evening music scene, beer, food, cocktails.
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il Curvone
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on the beach kiosk, Ostia Lido, with evening music scene, beer, food, cocktails.
live music and cocktail bar in central Ostia Lido, near the pier
Sunset Cocktail Bar
123 Lungomare Paolo Toscanelli
live music and cocktail bar in central Ostia Lido, near the pier

Essentials

supermarket only 5 mins walk from Ostia Lodge
Doc * Supermarket Ostia
7 Via del Collettore Primario
supermarket only 5 mins walk from Ostia Lodge

Everything Else

The Port of Ostia is a pedestrian place fulll of restaurants and shops, great for families strolling, ice cream and aperitif.
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Port of Ostia
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The Port of Ostia is a pedestrian place fulll of restaurants and shops, great for families strolling, ice cream and aperitif.

Neighbourhoods

Vibrant city with big shopping, high streets, city beach, disco bars and entertainment
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Ostia
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Vibrant city with big shopping, high streets, city beach, disco bars and entertainment