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This website is dedicated to Ostia, the harbour city of ancient Rome. Here you will find information for professional archaeologists and historians, for students of Roman archaeology and history, and for interested lay-people.

Archaeological news (7-May-2017)
New on the website (24-Sep-2018)

[Getting started]
Visiting the ruins (plus PDF tourist guide)
Introduction to Ostia
The excavations
Ostia seen from the sky
Ostia - A Mediterranean port

[Video pages]
Our movies (8)
AIRC movies (9)
Computer reconstructions (3)
Documentaries (2)
Excavations (5)
Guy de la Bédoyère's movies (20)
Lectures (3)
Portus project movies (4)
Restoration (2)
Related movies (1)

[The archaeological remains]
Topographical dictionary of Ostia
(descriptions of all buildings; topics)

Portus (the harbour district)
The necropolis of Portus

Virtual museum
Photo galleries
Plans, engravings, reconstructions

[Ancient written sources]

Excavations, colloquia, researchers
Full-text books and articles

[Related links]

[Contact us]
Facebook group, e-mail

[Contact the direction (Soprintendenza)]
Primary website.
Secondary website.
Facebook page.

This is a not-for-profit, scientific website. Downloading, printing, or duplicating in any way material on this website for commercial purposes is forbidden.
Photographs are made available at the discretion of the Soprintendenza. Those who wish to publish photographs should contact the Soprintendenza.

Presentation of the website (video from 2010)


Have a look at some of our movies, with presentations of archaeological research

Ostia explored 1. Mysterious travertine stones.

Ostia explored 2. A Roman bakery explained.

Ostia explored 3. Ancient graffiti.

Ostia explored 4. The excavations in old photos.

Grain measurers depicted in their guild seat (B. Storage - L. Maish)

Streets in Ostia (B. Storage - L. Maish)

The lighthouse, two ships and a dolphin (B. Storage - L. Maish)



Ostia website Web

Important recent publications

Marion Bolder-Boos, "Ostia - Der Hafen Roms", Verlag Philipp von Zabern, Darmstadt 2014. ISBN 978-3-8053-4819-5.

Douglas Boin, "Ostia in Late Antiquity", Cambridge University Press 2013. ISBN 1107024013.

L.B. van der Meer: "Ostia Speaks. Inscriptions, buildings and spaces in Rome's main port". Peeters Publishers, Leuven 2012. ISBN: 978-90-429-2700-1.

Carlo Pavolini: "Ostia". Editori Laterza, Roma-Bari 2006. ISBN: 9788842077848.