So here how you can easily reach one of my favourite places just 12 miles from Rome: Ancient Ostia.
Ancient Ostia is the most undervalued archaeological site in Italy. In my opinion and for those who work with tourism, it is a hidden gem. It can be compared with the most known Pompei and it is also easier to reach. It has it all: beautiful mosaics, an outstanding theatre and a gorgeous setting under the old pines away from the mass.
If you'd like to reach this extraordinary ancient city, all you have to do is take the metro (subway) line B to Pyramid. As you arrive there, follow the signs to the Ostia train line which is within the same building of the subway. As you leave the subway train platform, take the escalator and turn left and it is just next to the ordinary subway line. The trains leave every 10 minutes so that is the maximum you will need to wait for the next train.
After 26 minutes and 7 stops, get off at Ostia Antica. As you arrive into the station, the train will leave you on the platform on the opposite side of the station, so you will only need to take the underground passage to get to the exit. Don't try to use the bathroom because it is out of order from the prehistoric times.
As you will exit the small train station, you will see a bridge in front of you. Take the stairs, cross the bridge over the Ostiense street, then walk straight in front of you for 5 minutes. You will find a gate, go through it, turn left and you will find the kiosk of the ticket area of the archaeological site. The bathrooms are next to the ticket area. They are working again after a coach hit them, injuring a poor tourist which was inside...
You will find a self service and another toilet in the middle of the archaeological site, near the Museum and the book store.
If you need any further information, don't hesitate to contact me or look at my website: http://www.mylovelyrome.com