Ostia Antica


ostia guide


Ostia Antica was the main port of Ancient Rome. Many of the supplies that came to Rome from around the Mediterranean landed at Ostia and were transported to Rome either by road or by smaller boats up the river Tiber. Ostia quickly grew from being a small port to a vast town with a big theatre, high class housing and several baths and taverns.

The ancient city had big warehouses and lots of smaller buildings for trading companies, transport companies and so forth. The town was buzzing with life, foreign languages, different cultures and smells of different goods from around the known world.

Present-day Ostia Antica is a huge excavation site, and excavations are still going on. The area is placed just outside of Rome near the coastline and can easily be reached by train or car. The area is BIG, and it is suggested that you plan on spending the better part of the day in the area if you want to experience it all.

The guide

The guide for Ostia Antica will lead you through the entire museum/excavation site. The guide includes description of 41 buildings, and will provide a variety of functions.

GPS controlled area map

The guide for Ostia uses a GPS powered map, that will give you an overview of the site. Also, if you allow GPS tracking, then the guide will show your exact position in the excavation site.

Description of 41 buildings

All the 41 excavated buildings, in the Ostia Antica excavation, are described in the guide. The description are given in text that can be read out loud to you using TTS (automatic text to speech functionality) and it includes pictures from present day, markings of the specific building on a map and 3D models or sketches of what the buildings used to look like.

The background of Ostia Antica

The guide provides a detailed description covering the entire known history span of Ostia, from the first settlement to present day.

Route planner

By using the route planner, you can put together your own personal version of the guided tour through the excavation site.

Suggested route

The Ostia guide also suggests a tour of “the highlights”. This is Excavations Guides suggestions of what to see when visiting Ostia. However, we recommend that you plan your own guided to by using the route planner.

Audio guide

By using TTS, short for “Text To Speech” the guide will read the texts in the app out loud to you, and thereby act as an audio guide. The functionality uses your device’s building TTS voice, meaning that the size of the guide app to Ostia Antica is kept low.

For more information about the guide

Please see the extensive description of the different functionalities available in the guided tour app for the Ostia by checking out our “Guide description”.

The buildings

The following buildings are described in the guided tour app for Ostia Antica

  1. The Necropolis.
  2. The roman gate.
  3. The aquaduct.
  4. Square of victory.
  5. Baths of the voachmen.
  6. Fiume Morto – Dead River.
  7. Baths of Neptune.
  8. Road of the fountain.
  9. The covered water-basin.
  10. Barracks of the Fire Brigade.
  11. Square of the Guilds.
  12. Theatre.
  13. Christian chapel.
  14. House of the Millstones.
  15. Mill-bakery.
  16. Museum.
  17. House of the Wine-bar.
  18. Capitolium
  19. Temple for Rome and Augustus.
  20. The Curia.
  21. Basilica
  22. Fountain
  23. House of the Cult-niche.
  24. Round Temple.
  25. House of the Fishmongers.
  26. Republican Temples.
  27. House of Amor and Psyche.
  28. Baths of Mithras.
  29. Guild-seat of the Grain Measurers.
  30. House of Serapis.
  31. Baths of the Seven Sages.
  32. House of the Charioteers.
  33. Garden Houses.
  34. Public Latrine.
  35. Forum Baths.
  36. Large bakery.
  37. Temple of the Great Mother (Magna Mater), Cybele.
  38. Temple of Attis.
  39. Fortuna Annonaria.
  40. Fulling mill.
  41. Baths of the Marine Gate.

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