Rome Boat River Cruise to Ancient Ostia and Tickets Exclusive Tiber Experience

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Exclusive Ancient Ostia Tickets and River Cruise From Rome Once embarked, a cruise on the Tiber River of about 2 hours will begin. Navigating through the natural reserve that runs along this stretch of the river up to ancient Ostia. You will arrive at the private dock, and after a short break to get something to eat and use the toilet, you can visit on your own Ostia Antica. Wandering through alleys, streets, and squares, you will enter the "Thermopolium," a Roman restaurant, and the "Fullonica, "an old laundry. Visit the square of the Corporations, the place where the goods (grain, wine, slaves, spices, exotic animals, stones and marbles, perfumes, fabrics, etc.) transported from all over the Mediterranean were exhibited and sold to supply the capital of the 'empire, walking along the main artery visit the Baths of Neptune with its beautiful mosaics, the ancient theater from where there is a 360-degree view of Ostia, admire countless mausoleums arranged on the ancient Via Ostiense.

Itinerary Details

Operated by: Vatican Guided Tours

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Stop At: Fiume Tevere

The Tiber Italian: Tevere is the third-longest river in Italy and the longest in Central Italy, rising in the Apennine Mountains in Emilia-Romagna and flowing 406 km (252 mi) through Tuscany, Umbria, and Lazio, where it is joined by the River Aniene, to the Tyrrhenian Sea, between Ostia and Fiumicino. It drains a basin estimated at 17,375 km2 (6,709 sq mi). The river rises at Mount Fumaiolo in central Italy and flows in a generally southerly direction past Perugia and Rome to meet the sea at Ostia. Known in ancient times as flavus ("the blond"), of the yellowish color of its water, the Tiber has advanced significantly at its mouth, by about 3 km (2 mi), since Roman times, leaving the ancient port of Ostia Antica 6 kilometers (4 miles) inland. However, it does not form a proportional delta, owing to a strong north-flowing sea current close to the shore, to the steep shelving of the coast, and to slow tectonic subsidence.

Duration: 2 minutes

Pass By: Ostia Antica

Ostia Antica is a large archaeological located in the harbor city of ancient Rome, 25 kilometers (15 miles) southwest of Rome. Ostia (the plural of ostium) derives from Latin os 'mouth'. At the mouth of the Tiber River, Ostia was Rome's seaport, but due to silting, the site now lies 3 kilometers (2 miles) from the sea.[2] The site is noted for the excellent preservation of its ancient buildings, magnificent frescoes, and impressive mosaics. Ostia may have been Rome's first Colonia. According to legend, Ancus Marcius, the fourth king of Rome, was the first to destroy Ficana. This town was only 17 km (11mi) from Rome and had a small harbor on the Tiber, and then proceeded with establishing the new colony 10 km (6 mi) further west and closer to the sea coast. An inscription seems to confirm the establishment of the old castrum of Ostia in the 7th century BC. The oldest archaeological remains discovered date back to only the 4th century BC. The are many ancient buildings currently visible.

Stop At: Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica

The colony was founded between the end of the fifth century and the beginning of the fourth century BC as a ‘castrum’, a rectangular fortified citadel. Initially, it served as a naval base under the control of a Roman quaestor and then, from the second century, because of its increasing importance for trade and for the food supply of Rome, it began to expand. Under the Emperor Augustus and his successors, the city was provided with a theatre, a first forum and an aqueduct, but it was the construction of the port of Claudius, and especially that of the port of Trajan, which further increased its importance as an administrative center for trade. After the middle of the third century, the city began to decline as a result of its gradual moving away from the coast and the silting up of the river, that was no longer navigable. The first excavations of Ostia were undertaken under Pope Pius VII at the beginning of the nineteenth century, continued under Pius IX and after the Unification,

Duration: 2 hour
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