Ostia is the world’s best-preserved Roman harbor city but it can still be a challenge to get younger children excited about history. This walking tour is specially designed for families, so you can take in the highlights of Ostia and keep the kids amused with entertaining commentary and fun activities. Hotel pickup and transfer from Rome is optional. Choose from a private or small-group tour to suit your needs.
Family-friendly walking tour of Ostia
Keep children entertained with kid-friendly commentary, coloring books, and interactive activities
Choice of morning or afternoon departure times
Hotel pickup and round-trip transport from Rome included (if option selected)
Choice of private or small-group tour with a maximum of 12 participants
Professional art historian guide
Children's worksheets in folders with pencils
Travel tips for those traveling in Rome with kids
Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected)
Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option not selected)
Departure & Return
Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica, Viale dei Romagnoli, 717, 00119 Roma RM, Italy
Returns to original departure point
What To Expect
Either meet your guide at your Rome hotel (if transfer option selected) or make your own way to Ostia (a short train ride from Rome) in time for your departure time. Starting from the Ostia Antica ticket office, set out on a guided walking tour of the ancient port.
Learn about life in ancient Roman times as you pass through the monumental Porta Romana gate and stroll down the central boulevard of Decumanus Maximus. Stop to explore the remains of the Terme di Nettuno amphitheater, peek into the thermal baths, and see the Temple of Rome and Augustus, the Square of the Guilds, and the Capitolium.
With a tour commentary specially tailored to engage younger participants, the whole family can get involved, and kids enjoy learning fun trivia, filling in their coloring books, and taking part in interactive activities including quizzes, treasure hunts, and card games. Best of all, priority access to the archeological site means that children won’t get bored waiting in line.
At the end of the tour, either return to the train station or meet your driver for the return journey to Rome.
Please note: Children must be accompanied by their parents at all times.
Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica
Your guide will meet you at the Ostia Antica ticket station to begin your 2.5-hour guided small-group tour of Ostia Antica. Located just outside Rome’s city center, Ostia is a slice of Rome’s history not to be missed.
The ancient port city of Ostia is now a ghost town. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the people of Ostia realized that their livelihoods were threatened. As a result, the inhabitants left their homes and businesses in search of a safe place that could provide them with a new way of life.
As you traverse the streets of this outdoor living museum, your guide will ensure that you see the most important buildings including the theater, thermal baths, mills, the Square of the Guilds, the Capitolium, and much more. Your guide will take you back in time, revealing the story of how the people of this special place once lived.
The venue is perfect for children. Your family will explore this historic and important archaeological site where it is possible to see the ruins, walk the streets and enter the buildings.
You can choose between 2 options:
2.5 hr PRIVATE TOUR: your guide will be waiting for you at the meeting point and she/he will be glad to answer all your family questions and adjust the tour on your family's needs and interestes.
2.5 hr SMALL GROUP TOUR: the guide will wait for you at the meeting point and you will share her/him with other families.