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Ostia Antica & Castel Gandolfo Tour

Key Details

  • City: Rome
  • Duration: 10hrs
  • Start Time: 8.00 AM

Tour Highlights

  • Explore the Pope's summer palace in Castel Gandolfo, plus the historic gardens.

  • Enjoy a guided Ostia Antica tour, exploring the ruins of this ancient Roman port town with an archaeologist guide.

  • Take a break in the hills - you'll enjoy lunch and a wine-tasting at a Frascati Vineyard.
The beautiful town of Ostia Antica. John Paul II used to love strolling this path in the Apostolic Palace. The Palace has some of the finest gardens in Italy. The Amphitheater of Ostia Antica. An old statue sits in its original alcove. The original mosaic floor of an old bathouse in Ostia Antica. The original paving stones are still in place in many of the streets. A performer's eye-view of the amphitheater. Your guide will lead you through the ancient streets of this amazing city.



Step out of Rome for the perfect day trip to the idyllic hill towns and ancient ruins that surround the city on this very special Rome to Ostia Antica Tour.

You'll meet your guide and small group of no more than 20 people in the center of the city and hop in a private minibus and drive out to the Castelli Romani, a secluded region of extinct volcanoes and ancient towns hiding just outside of Rome. After an hour of scenic driving, you'll arrive in Castel Gandolfo the beautiful summer residence of the Pope which overlooks the crater lake of an extinct volcano. Your Castel Gandolfo tour takes you inside the Papal Palace and gardens for a full tour. It includes a special audio guide that reveals the stories and secrets of the palace to you.


After the Palace, this Castel Gandolfo tour takes you to the town's most famous vista, so you can snap a few pictures before driving over to a local winery where you'll enjoy a full tour, wine tasting, and tasty lunch of fresh, local specialties, cooked by the owners. The only problem you'll have is that you won't want to leave.


The second part of the tour takes you to the extraordinary Roman ruins of Ostia Antica. This town was the original port of the Roman Empire and was once among the most prosperous cities in the region. The people are gone now, but most of the city remains intact, complete with city squares, abandoned palaces featuring frescoes and mosaics, restaurants, stores, and even public restrooms. As you explore this abandoned city, which has almost no crowds (in comparison to the much more famous ruins of Pompeii) your expert guide will tell you the stories of the people who lived here in. Whether you love ancient Roman history or know next to nothing about it, the wonders your Ostia Antica tour will be a highlight of your trip.

After a full two-hour tour of the ruins, you'll jump back into the minibus and be back in the center of Rome in just half an hour. Arriving at 6pm, you're just in time to get some restaurant and bar recommendations from your guide and head out for an early evening aperitivo.

Sites visited

  • Castel Gandolfo
  • The Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo
  • Scenic Viewpoint
  • Local Winery
  • Ostia Antica


  • Tickets to Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo w/audioguide
  • Full Ostia Antica Tour
  • Winery Tour with wine-tasting
  • Lunch
  • Transport to and from Rome by luxury vehicle


5-stars from over 32 Customer Reviews

Chiara made the day very enjoyable. She is quite personable, and made all of us feel at ease. Her stories of ancient Rome made the history come alive.
We had a change of plans in Venice and missed our tour there. The team at Walks helped and allowed us to switch to the Ostica tour. This was the first amazing service. The second was the amazing tour, winery lunch, gardens and, roman ruins! I cant wait to book another tour!
Great tour!!
Chiara made the day very enjoyable. She is quite personable, and made all of us feel at ease. Her stories of ancient Rome made the history come alive.
This was the highlight of our trip to Rome. Chiara was very welcoming and knowledgeable. She took the trouble to ensure everyone was happy at all times. The tour of the Pope’s summer palace and gardens was really interesting and absolutely beautiful. The wine tasting and lunch at the vineyard was a perfect way to break up the activities and both lunch and wine were delicious. The tour around Ostia in the afternoon was also most enjoyable and Chiara showed a real knowledge of the place as we walked around the site with her and made it come to life. I can not recommend this tour highly enough. We loved it!
We had a great time with chiara. It was a small group with only four of us with her as our guide. Ostia antica was fascinating. The popes summer palace and the gardens were beautiful. And the winery and lunch was fantastic. Thanks to our host there Lorenzo. Altogether a great day and well worth it. Anthony
Ostia Antica part would be better in the morning when you are not tired and filled with delicious lunch and wine. Too much walking for an afternoon. Or split two parts into two separate days. Other than that the info, areas and guide were wonderful!
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We had a change of plans in Venice and missed our tour there. The team at Walks helped and allowed us to switch to the Ostica tour. This was the first amazing service. The second was the amazing tour, winery lunch, gardens and, roman ruins! I cant wait to book another tour!
Great tour!!
The tour was wonderful especially since there were only five of us. The winery was delicious especially the pasta. We ordered wines to send home also. Valerio was a great guide, very informative.
Rhianne was an excellent tour guide: well informed and made the trip very interesting and engaging. The vineyard tour, tasting , and lunch provided at the vineyard was excellent! I would highly recommend this tour.
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Marta and Danielle were most helpful and friendly and made the tour feel very special. I am very grateful for their knowledge, dedication, friendliness and time.
Loved every minute. We were very satisfied
The day could not have been better. It was our last day in Rome and we ended it on a high note!!! I will recommend this tour to anyone that I hear is going to Rome.
loved the tour and the guide. I might suggest adding another 30 minutes to the tour duration. We are very thankful that you did not cancel the tour when it ended up just being the two of us. Thank you!
We had a great trip; Chiara is a personable and knowledgeable guide. The combination of activities is great for a day trip around the outside of Rome. The winery choice and lunch was excellent, both in terms of the quality and location. Our driver Danieli did a great job. A fun and interesting tour.
Valerio was fantastic. The whole experience was great. Thank you so much!
Barbara was a wonderful guide and warm friend for our group Paolo was an excellent drivrr
I took 4 different tours with Walks of Italy. This one was my very favorite! Barbara the tour guide was extremely intelligent and super friendly. Well worth the full day!
Barbara was an excellent guide. Wonderful tour. The winery tour/lunch is magical!
Best tour and guide from the 4 excellent tours we took with Walks of Italy
It was a very enjoyable trip. Barbara has ensured that our enquiries are answered. If the questions are not about the tour subject; she would try her very best to answer them. I would like to recommend this tour if visitor like to have a clear insight about some of Italy's attraction.
I will write an extensive review once I return home . But for now All I csn say is it was wonderful and Barbara is the best ! The venture tour was wonderful. Barbara. Massimo out driver . Lorenzo atvthe with vineyard and winery and the lunch were more than expected . Please send her my regards and iveill b write again later. RoseAnn Tripodi
Highly recommend this tour! Guide was knowledgeable & insightful. Lunch was delicious & the wine tasting was a unique memory. Gondolfi is beautiful & Ostica Antica provides a glimpse into an ancient Roman world.
Fantastic tour! Came home exhausted but happy :)
Ahmed’s passion for history and archeology came through, and we thoroughly enjoyed his presentation and personality.
Excellent tour. Vilario was an outstanding guide; engaging and knowledgeable. Really helped me understand Ostia antica. This "new" tour is a must -- the Vatican apt and winery were great stops. As good as they were, Vilario was the glue that held the day together. Great trip, treat guide. Do this!
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Absolutely fabulous tour. It was great being on a tour with four guides! Everything was great from pickup to drop off.
Great tour, wonderful to get out of the city and see complimentary sights that enhance the history of the “big “attractions in Rome. Life in Castle Gandolfo complementing the Vatican, Ostia Antica as a town compared to the ancient city. Lunch was excellent and they accommodated my gluten free request. Alessandra was a delight and a huge thank you to Walks of Italy for not cancelling the tour because I was the only one. It was an exceptional experience. I also really enjoyed the other three tours I did with you this week. I specifically wanted to tour with Walks as we had a very good experience in Venice last year.
This is a fantastic tour and I would recommend it to anyone A perfect blend of ancient times, renaissance and modern wine tasting The travel arrangements were also convenient and comfortable
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