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When it comes to planning a trip to the Eternal City, one often faces the delightful dilemma of choosing between the bustling heart of Rome and the tranquil shores of Ostia. Each destination has its unique allure, making the decision a conundrum for many travelers. In this detailed exploration, we will weigh the pros and cons to help you decide whether to stay in Rome or opt for the seaside haven of Ostia.

Location and Accessibility:

Ostia, nestled along the coast, boasts a strategic position just 25 kilometers from the center of Rome and a mere 9 kilometers from Fiumicino Airport. The convenience of proximity cannot be overstated, offering an escape from the bustling city while remaining effortlessly connected. With a swift 40-minute metro ride, travelers can seamlessly transition from the serene beaches of Ostia to the historical wonders of Rome. our guest house in Ostia is located 500 meters from the STELLA POLARE metro stop.

It is clear that choosing an apartment or a hotel in Rome has its advantages.

Certainly the distance from the main monuments (Colosseum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain) is less than Ostia, but also in this case it depends on where you have chosen to stay in Rome.


Rome is very huge, there are neighborhoods that are closer to the center as the crow flies, but they don’t have a metro. The advantage of Ostia is that it has the metro and you can reach the main monuments in 40/45 minutes. The same time that you spend in a neighborhood of Rome that doesn’t have a metro. 

Ostia’s Affordability:

One compelling reason to consider Ostia over Rome is the significant difference in accommodation costs. While Rome’s city center accommodations often come with a hefty price tag, Ostia provides a more budget-friendly alternative without compromising on comfort or amenities. Choosing Ostia allows you to stretch your travel budget further, leaving room for more indulgences and experiences.

Seaside Bliss:

For those yearning for a beachside retreat, Ostia emerges as the clear winner. The azure waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea beckon, offering a respite from the urban hustle. Imagine starting your day with a leisurely stroll along the coastline or basking in the Mediterranean sun. Ostia provides a rare opportunity to combine the rich history of Rome with the blissful relaxation of a seaside escape.

The free beach of Castelporziano (it is divided into 7 “cancelli” for a total of 3 km of free beach) is famous with its fantastic sand dunes, easily reachable by bus. Here there are also bars and restaurants on the beach, it is possible to swim, and in some places even windsurf and kitesurf. Going south there is the naturalistic oasis of CAPOCOTTA, for those who love naturism

Historical Marvels at Your Doorstep:

Contrary to popular belief, Ostia is not merely a beach destination; it harbors a historical treasure trove. The ancient ruins of Ostia Antica, located just a short 5-minute drive away, offer a glimpse into the bygone glory of the Roman Empire. Wander through well-preserved streets, temples, and theaters, immersing yourself in the fascinating history that surrounds this coastal gem.

Nature’s Embrace:

One of Ostia’s hidden charms is its expansive pine forest (a good point for a walk surrounded by greenery is this one), providing a refreshing contrast to the urban landscape of Rome. A stroll through this verdant oasis is a rejuvenating experience, offering shade and tranquility. Nature enthusiasts and those seeking a break from the city’s chaos will find solace in Ostia’s lush surroundings.


kitesurf in Ostia beaches


Easy Access to Rome:

While Ostia’s allure lies in its unique offerings, it’s essential to highlight the seamless connectivity to Rome. The well-established metro system ensures that the vibrant city center is within easy reach. This accessibility allows travelers to savor the best of both worlds – the peaceful ambiance of Ostia and the cultural richness of Rome. The metro between OSTIA and ROME runs from 5.30am to 11.30pm. During the night the service continues with bus departures every hour. Here you can check metro timetable.

In conclusion, the decision between staying in Rome or Ostia hinges on individual preferences and travel priorities. While Rome dazzles with its iconic landmarks and historical grandeur, Ostia beckons with its serene beaches, affordability, and proximity to both the sea and ancient ruins. For those yearning for a diverse Italian experience that seamlessly blends history, nature, and relaxation, Ostia emerges as a compelling choice that promises an unforgettable sojourn on the shores of the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Ostia dune beach


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