We had been in Rome a few years ago for three days, so we decided not to take the bus trips/tours to and from Rome; just seemed like too much travel and not enough visit time. So, we selected the NCL tour for the ancient city of Ostia. What a great surprise. Ostia is about a 45 minute drive from the port. Ostia was the very vibrant port for Rome when the empire was at it's height; however, the Tibur silted in and changed it's location. With no water, the need for the port vanished. Ostia was abandoned. Two thousand years later, the dwellings/ruins remain in an abandoned field. We saw the northern half of the ruins during our visit; that stretched over an area approximately a quarter of a mile by several hundred yard wide. For those who like to view ruins, this is an exceptional site. These buildings were warehouses, stores, granaries, marble processing sites and other buildings of commerce. The common buildings included an amphitheatre, gymnasiums, restaurants, baths and a general Forum. Just ruin after ruin after ruin. The guide we met at the park was very knowledgeable and well spoken. Her first visit to the site was as a school girl with her teacher and classmates. Her knowledge of the site was first rate. Again, if ruins appeal to you, this is a don't miss site.