Visit Ostia antica safely!
From April 27th 2021 the archaeological area of Ostia Antica is open to the public.
Here is everything you need to know to visit ancient Ostia safely.
The archaeological area of Ostia Antica observes the government regulations for the "yellow regions", therefore it's open from Tuesday to Friday and on Saturday, on Sunday and on Holydays only by reservation of the ticket in advance (closed on 1st May). The daily timetable follows the normal timetables which can be consulted on the dedicated page.
Tickets can be purchased at the ticket office from Tuesday to Friday.
Tickets can be also purchased online.
On Saturday, on Sunday and on Holidays it's necessary to reserve the entrance in advance, within 12 PM the day before your visit. Reservation is free, it's not a ticket: you have to pay your reserved ticket at the ticket office. Only electronic payment is allowed, no cash payment. If you prefer, you can buy your ticket online, with advanced payment (by this way it's not necessaty to go to ticket office before entering into the archaelogical area).
Ticket price, reductions and free tickets remained unchanged: you can consult them on the timetables and fares page.
Guided tours and facilities
The guided tours organized and managed by the Concessionaire are currently suspended, therefore it is not possible to book them.
Audioguides, bookshop, cafeteria and wardrobe are not available at the moment.
Before entering the ticket office and generally at the excavations, an authorized operator will measure the body temperature of each person. Access to the excavations is in fact subjected to the detection of the body temperature of the visitors in order to reduce and limit the contagion from COVID-19: this treatment falls within the operations of prevention, protection and safety of public health, in compliance with national and regional provisions in the field.
The temperature will be detected by means of a thermoscanner gun: whoever has a body temperature equal to or greater than 37.5 ° C will not be able to access the archaeological area of ancient Ostia, even if equipped with personal protective equipment.
Protective devices and rules of conduct
At the entrance you will be provided with a brochure containing all the necessary information. You can also already download it here: [doc…]
To access the archaeological area of Ostia Antica it is necessary to wear a protective mask.
The mask must be worn correctly, to cover both the nose and the mouth. In the archaeological area, special baskets were placed for the separate collection of used gloves and masks.
Always keep the safety distance of at least one meter from other people. In some places along the visit route, you will also find special signs that remind you that gatherings are prohibited, but in any case the distance of at least one meter must always be kept, starting from the ticket office, at the passage to the turnstiles and once you enter the archaeological area. On the ground, in front of the ticket office, you will find horizontal signs that will help you to calculate the distance from those in front of you.
Along the way you can find drinking water fountains. Next to them there are hand sanitizer columns. Sanitize your hands if you need it, but don't abuse it, in respect of all the other visitors.
Changes to the visit itinerary
In order to avoid gatherings as much as possible and to allow to keep the safety distance between people, the visit path of the archaeological area of ancient Ostia undergoes some changes.
Interdiction of the lookouts
All the panoramic terraces are closed. The terraces are spaces of reduced dimensions where you have to climb very narrow stairs. In order to avoid gatherings, the following lookouts have been closed:
- Baths of Neptune
- Building of the Sun
- Domus del Protiro
- House of Jupiter and Ganymede
- Portico of Pius IX
Forced and alternate routes
Within the archaeological area of Ostia Antica some obligatory routes have been identified for some monuments, in order to avoid that people can cross or touch each other involuntarily. Always respecting the distancing between people, the following mandatory paths have been identified:
- Theater and Piazzale delle Corporazioni
- Thermopolio of the way of the House of Diana
- “Piccolo Mercato”
- Path from the Bath of Buticosus to the Domus of Cupid and Psyche
- Bath of the Forum
- Building of Serapis, Terme dei Sette Sapienti, Building of Charioteers
The following alternating one-way paths were also identified:
- Porta Romana
- Porta Marina
- Porta Laurentina
It is recommended to follow scrupulously the directions indicated by the signs: these obligatory routes have been designed precisely to avoid as many occasions as possible, even involuntary gathering.
Stops are not allowed along the route of one-way or alternating one-way routes; in all other rooms partially covered and not forbidden to visit, the maximum allowed stop is 10 minutes.
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The Ostiense Museum
With the reopening to the public, the Ostiense Museum remains closed. The closure is only partially related to the COVID emergency: the Museum in fact has small rooms and does not have windows that can allow air exchange; but the real reason is that the renovation of the building will begin very soon with the consequent rearrangement of the works in its rooms.
Visits to the Decorated Houses are suspended until the COVID emergency persists as they are places that, due to the way they are visited and the cramped spaces, present a high risk of gathering formation.
Organized groups accompanied by guides
Group visitors, as well as individual visitors, must absolutely comply with the assembly ban.
Organized groups accompanied by tour guides are allowed on the condition that they ensure social distancing and an orderly visit method, right from the entrance to the park, avoiding any form of assembly. Groups up to 10 people + guide are allowed without the use of special devices and groups up to 25 people + guide with the use of audio devices (integrated microphone-earphone system). During the visit of the archaeological area of ancient Ostia, all the above rules must be respected.
Use of the toilets
One person may access the toilet at a time. We recommend each person to pay attention to the rules for proper hand cleaning in the interest of safeguarding everyone's health.
And the other sites?
Information on the opening of the archaeological area of the Ports of Claudius and Trajan and the Necropolis of Porto are displaied on this web page.