My family and I often go to Ostia Antica with friends and kids to spend a beautiful day outdoors picnicking between ancient beauties like only Rome has to offer! Ostia Antica is the best picnic location close to Rome, it has many wild and a natural surrounding. After a while visiting ruins can be boring for kids but Ostia Antica is simply marvelous and my boys love it every time we go! During our picnics we bring along small water pistols so the kids can go and play hide and seek between the ancient ruins; water pistols just gets them wild between the pine trees…it will be in their memories forever!
Visiting these ancient ruins with a fabulous picnic just makes the day even more comfortable, enjoyable, affordable and so much more fun. If you don’t fell like doing anything then simply reserve ViVi picnic boxes for adults and also kid menus and we can deliver them to the main entrance of Piramide Station. If you are a larger group we can deliver our scrumptious organic food right to the main entrance of the ruins. Reserve a whole day for your visit – not just to relax, but also because Ostia deserves it, it’s amazing! The site is quite big, so don’t spend too much time visiting the first buildings you encounter, go on and walk and enjoy the shade of the beautiful ancient pine trees. Sitting on the top row of the ancient arena, I scan the ruins of Ostia, letting my imagination take me back 2,000 years to the days when this was ancient Rome’s seaport, a thriving commercial center of 60,00 people. I marvel also at how few visitors make the simple commuter train trip from downtown Rome to what I consider the most under-appreciated sight in all of Italy.
Ostia Antica is the best picnic location because it is just 30 minutes from the Colosseum reachable by subway, offers ancient thrills to rival Pompeii (which is four hours south of Rome). Wandering around the ruins today, you can see the remains of the docks, warehouses, apartment flats, mansions, shopping arcades, and baths — all giving a peek at Roman lifestyles.
Ostia, at the mouth (ostium) of the Tiber River, was founded around 620 B.C.; its central attraction was the salt gleaned from nearby salt flats, which served as a precious meat preserver. Later, around 400 B.C., Rome conquered Ostia and made it a naval base, complete with a fort. By A.D. 150, when Rome controlled all the Mediterranean, Ostia served as its busy commercial port. With the fall of Rome, the port was abandoned. Over time the harbor silted up. I’d like to take a moment to thank the mud that eventually buried Ostia, protecting it from the ravages of time — and from stone-scavenging medieval peasants. The key to enjoying sights from ancient Rome is to resurrect all that rubble in your mind. A quick trip out to Rome’s ancient port helps do just that, making it more likely that your hours climbing through the wonders of ancient Rome will give you goose bumps rather than heatstroke!
Remember, if you don’t fell like preparing your picnic, we’re here for you! Simply reserve your ViVi Picnic boxes for adults and also kid menus and we can deliver them to the main entrance of Piramide Station or if you are a larger group we can deliver our scrumptious organic food right to the main entrance of the ruins.
Some tips for your perfect Picnic in Ostia Antica:
- What to wear on your perfect picnic day in Ostia Antica : Dress light. Ostia Antica is fairly close to the sea, and fine hot weather is generally guaranteed from April to late September. Extra-comfortable shoes! And a sun hat!
- How to get to Ostia Antica ruins The best way to reach Ostia is by using the metro. Train/metro’ leave at station Piramide. Get off the regular metro B at Piramide, go up the escalator, turn immediately left and down the steps into the Roma-Lido station. A normal metro ticket will suffice for the entire journey. Get out at the stop Ostia Antica. Next cross the highway using the pedestrian bridge. To reach the site from the pedestrian bridge, keep walking straight ahead, cross a busy road (please be careful!) and after 100 metres turn left to get to the entrance (two minutes). If you arrive by car, you can use a parking lot in front of the entrance of the excavations.
I found this great guide free to be downloaded: Click HERE!