7. The roman ports of Claudius and Trajan and the nearby Necropolis of Portus

Imposing testimonies of the roman engineering and the contemporary everyday life. A real archaeological gem, a visit not to be missed!



  • A personal guide with you for the duration of the entire tour.
  • A limo at disposition for the entire tour.  Pick up at your hotel

Started by Emperor Claudius in 42 AD north of the Tiber’s mouth, the new port of Rome, inaugurated by Nero, was equipped with warehouses and a monumental portico in travertine columns, and was connected to the Tiber by two artificial canals.

Later on Trajan built a new plant, excavating an innermost artificial basin, hexagonal in shape and 5 m deep, communicating with the river and the old Port through an artificial canal, the Fossa Traiana (today’s Fiumicino canal). 200 ships could moor inside.

Besides large warehouses and porticoes, the complex was completed by a magnificent residence, used by the imperial family when departing by sea. Main commercial center of Rome from the II century on, the Portus Traiani, was fortified against sea invasions and pirates from the IV century, remaining in use until the IX, when it was finally destroyed.

Along the centuries a whole town grew around the harbour: PORTUS

Necropolis Portuensis: Along the road from Portus to Ostia a burial ground develops from the age of the Flavians who constructed the paved road along which  the tombs groups are arranged.  Brickwork facades are adorned with pilasters, pediments and cornices.

Inscriptions and decorations reveal an important fresco of the family, social and professional life of the whole community. Numerous burials in the ground, in amphorae, sarcophagi and brick covered, are also still visible.


Available from Thursday to Saturday
Morning (about 4 hours).  Long but easy walking
2 persons


PRICE  of our private guided tour:

€  120 € 60 Free

LIMO/VAN TRANSPORT depending on the number of participants  € 140/200 (total)


Families of four people (and more) will have a discount of 15% on the total*

If you buy at least 2 tours with us you’ll have a 15% discount on each tour*

*entrance fees and transportation excluded

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