The Roman Forum – What is it?

If you are about to embark on a holiday in Rome and are eager to do some real sightseeing, then read this quick guide to one of Rome’s most important sightseeing attractions – the Roman Forum. You will also be able to find many luxurious Rome apartments and Rome hotels in the centre of Rome, to help you enjoy your stay!

The Roman Forum is situated between the Palatine hill and the Capitoline hill in the heart of ancient Rome. Via dei Fori Imperiali The Forum is open between 9am-6.30pm Mon-Sat and 9am-1pm, for more information visit Rome’s tourism website; romaturismo.it. After waking up in your Rome accommodation, take the metro line B, (Coliseum Station) or buses; 30, 44, 60, 81, 85, 87, 186 to the Roman Forum. You will need to spend at least five hours in the Forum, Palatine Hill, and Coliseum area, and it is advisable that you put aside a day if you plan to walk round at leisure.

The Roman Forum used to be at the heart of the Roman social, economic and political world, The Old Republic had its formal Comitium there, which is where the senate as well as Republican government, began. The remains of everyday life can still be seen here in the ruins, and it is certainly something to think that thousands of years ago, the Romans would have been going about their daily business, using the oldest street in Rome; Via Sacra. There are three entrances to the Roman (Republic) Forum, the oldest of the Fori. Avoid the one in the middle of the block along V. Fori Imperiali. It lacks the impact of the view when entering from the Coliseum end or Capitoline Hill. The ruins within the forum clearly show how urban spaces were utilized during the Roman Age. The Roman Forum includes a modern statue of Julius Caesar and the following major monuments, buildings, and ancient ruins.

A good way to see the Roman Forum is to walk around it counterclockwise from the entrance on Via dei Fori Imperiali, stopping to examine the remains of certain buildings, and giving oneself over to imagining some of the events and individuals associated with those places. A path descends from the modern street level, which is anywhere from twenty-four to seventy-two feet above that of ancient pavements, to a spot where the basilica Aemilia is on the right and the temple of Antoninus and Faustina on the left.

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