Because of Ostia's lower tourist numbers and larger number of accessible buildings, visitors will be surprised to tour second floors of houses and take the usual kitschy tourist pictures: in one of a few ruins of bars, on the ancient toilets, and behind headless statues. Ostia Antica may be a day trip from Rome, but do plan on spending the entire day losing yourself in the maze of streets and enjoying picnics around the corner from the Baths of Neptune. If only they still functioned; we'd totally opt for an old-fashioned Roman rubdown.
Getting to Ostia Antica from Rome: Take Rome's good old 2-line Metro network to the Piramide stop on Line B. Here, hold onto your 1 subway ticket and board the Extra-urban train marked "Roma-Lido." Hop off at Ostia Antica, which comes before Ostia-Lido, otherwise you're bound for a day at the beach. From the Ostia Antica station, cross the blue footbridge and follow the signs to walk to the ruins (in Italian: gli Scavi) entrance. Total travel time: 45 minutes from Rome. Beware that the ruins are closed on Mondays!
· Ostia Antica [Official Site]
· When in Rome: Treasure-Free Treasure Hunts for Tourists [Jaunted]
· Ancient History Travel Coverage [Jaunted]