Dating to the 7th century BC when it originally developed as a marketplace, Roman Forum today presents a remarkably well-preserved picture of what became the social, political, and commercial heart of the Roman Empire. Set off along one of the paths to encounter remnants of temples, basilicas, and government buildings. Crane your neck to take in the eight soaring columns of the Temple of Saturn, marvel at the magnificent white marble Arch of Septimius Severus--a victory arch standing 23 m (75.5 ft) high, 25 m (82 ft) wide, and 11.85 m (38.9) deep--and amble past the Curia Julia to witness where the Roman Senate conducted affairs of the state. To see as much of the expansive collection of ancient artifacts and to put them in rich context, consider hiring a guide or joining a tour of the site. Our Rome trip planning tool makes visiting Roman Forum and other Rome attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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Roman Forum Reviews
This was such an enjoyable day! The nice October weather helped. We took our time going through, and have great pictures to show for it. more »
This was so very special, but I am grateful we saw this with a guide. We would not have had a full appreciation of the site and history without an expert guide and the perspective he provided. more »
We did a tour that was the forum and coliseum together and luckily our tour guide had pictures to show us what the forum looked like previously. You can see cuts in the cobble stone that the carts made way back 2000 plus years ago. You can see the chain marks where they tried to tear columns down. This was one of my favorite places in Rome. So much history in one spot. If you don’t do a tour read up on it otherwise it is a pile of rocks. We saw a snake warming in the grass. It was May and we got sunburned so if you have umbrellas take them for shade. It wasn’t terribly hot but the sun was out. I was traveling with 4 children ages 7 to 14 and they still loved seeing things. Hearing stories and learning about the past. Watch for areas that aren’t always open and if they are open venture inside. There was an area that happened to be open and it was really awesome . I would love to go again and just wonder around on my own reading. This is one of those bucket list items for sure!! There is also a spot near the end that you can get a picture of St. Peter’s Basilica right through an arch, it makes for a great pic.
This is a place that brings you back to history. Is impressive to see all the columns and architecture. If you want to take pictures take them from outside you will have a better background since you are in a higher position. I’m posting here some old and new pics you can compare. Wear some confortable shoes will be better for you and take a bottle of water you will feel thirsty specially in summer times. At end you will take the best pictures with the arch of Constantino and the coliseum
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