Destination guide

When in Rome, head to, er... Ostia?

Overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea, vibrant Ostia is less than an hour's drive from Rome city center. Known as Rome's beach, its sandy shores, and busy seafront bars, restaurants, and clubs make it 1 of Italy's most popular seaside resorts. Ostia is also known for the sprawling Roman ruins at Ostia Antica, which date back to when Ostia was ancient Rome's main port. When you book 1 of the many Ostia vacation rentals available, you are sure to have a time you will never soon forget.

Things to do

See Ostia as it once was in Ostia Antica

Everyone knows about the ruins at Pompeii, but not everyone knows about Ostia Antica. Set on meadows by the Tiber River, Ostia Antica was ancient Rome's main port. Abandoned in the 5th century, its preserved ruins cover over 10,000 acres around a mile-long main street. Among its most notable sights are a vast amphitheater, ornately carved statues, and the largely intact remains of 2nd century apartment blocks. Other sites of note in Ostia include the 15th-century Ostia Castle, and the Pinewood of Castelfusano.


Beaches, pizzerias, and ancient ruins—Ostia has it all

When in Rome, do as the Romans do! When the capital's inhabitants fancy some sun, sea, and sand, they go to Ostia. In summer, you'll find Ostia's sandy beaches busy with bronzed Romans who flock to soak up some sun and swim in the clear waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea. There are also lots of water sports activities on offer, including paddle-boarding, kayaking, and sailing. Food lovers are spoilt for choice in Ostia, with its many charming seafront pizzerias, seafood restaurants, and ice-cream shops. As for history buffs, the ancient Roman ruins at Ostia Antica are comparable to those at Pompeii.


Come rain or fall, there's never a bad time to visit Ostia

There's never really a bad time of year to visit Ostia. Its moderate temperatures are provided by the warming and cooling influences of the Mediterranean Sea. Summers are very warm and busy with tourists, so for a more laid-back trip, you may want consider booking one of the many Ostia vacation rentals in the fall, winter, or spring. And while rain is a possibility, Ostia enjoys comfortable winter weather. Nevertheless, a weatherproof jacket and a few pieces of warm clothing might be a good idea.

Natural features

One for the birds in Ostia's sprawling nature reserve

If it's nature you want, it's right on your doorstep in Ostia. The Natural Reserve of the Roman Coast covers almost 40,000 acres that stretch along the coast from the Palidoro marina to Capocotta beach. Within its vast expanse are lush pine forests, fertile plains, grassy dunes, and the Tiber River. It also has large areas of wetland inhabited by many bird species, including herons, cranes, and ducks. There are also numerous archaeological sites, such as the imperial ports of Claudius and Trajan, and the Necropolis of Porto.

How to get there

How to get to and around Lido di Ostia

Fly into Rome (FCO-Fiumicino - Leonardo da Vinci Intl.), the closest airport, located 5.7 mi (9.1 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could book a flight to Rome (CIA-Ciampino), which is 15.8 mi (25.5 km) away.

If you'd prefer to travel by train, you can make your way to Rome Castel Fusano Station.

Where to stay around Ostia Antica?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 249 vacation rentals near Ostia Antica. From 138 Condos/Apartments to 58 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Ostia Antica for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Ostia Antica?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Ostia Antica:

  • Zona XXX Castel Fusano: 31 vacation rentals
  • Quartiere XXXIII Lido di Ostia Ponente: 72 vacation rentals
  • Quartiere XXXIV Lido di Ostia Levante: 86 vacation rentals
  • Casal Palocco: 36 vacation rentals
  • Zona XXXIV Casal Palocco: 64 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Ostia Antica?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Ostia Antica. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Associazione Culturale Affabulazione: 8,612 vacation rentals
  • Shilling di Ostia: 8,672 vacation rentals
  • Accademia Castelporziano: 8,880 vacation rentals
  • ADV PRK Adventure Park: 8,812 vacation rentals
  • Rome Castel Fusano Station: 8,724 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Ostia Antica listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Ostia Antica?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 138 Condos/Apartments in Ostia Antica. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Ostia Antica include:

  • Houses: 58 rentals available
  • Villas: 35 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 2 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Studios and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Ostia Antica?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 20 vacation rentals with pool available in Ostia Antica. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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