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Foro Romanum
via dei Fori Imperiali, Rome, Italy
Phone: 066990110
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Hours: 9am-6.30pm Monday-Saturday
9am-1pm Sunday
Holiday and winter hours vary
Cost: Forum - Free, Palantine Hill - 11 Euro (ticket includes entrance to the Colosseum)

What on Earth can I say about the Roman Forum?  It was the central area of ancient Rome - it's "Main Street" if you will.  Everything happened here - commerce, law ... all the things Rome stood for in her glory.

 

 

 

We were originally going to spend half a day here and then move onto the Colosseum, but it was simply too vast and overwhelming with history.  There are so many sites within, as well as the adjacent Palatine Hill that we needed an entire day for it alone.

 

The forum contains the temples of Castor and Pollux, Romulus, Saturn, Vesta and the House of the Vestals, Venus and Roma, Antoninus and Faustina, Caesar, Vespasian and Titus, Concord, the Shrine of Venus Cloacina, the Basilicas of Aemilia, Julia, Maxentius and Constantine, the arches of Septimius Severus, Titus, Tiberius and of Augustus ... among other things!

 

Palatine Hill is home to the spot where, According to Roman mythology, Romulus and Remus were found by the she-wolf that nursed them.  It currently contains lovely exhibits of the houses of Augustus and his wife, Livia (but no dead people that we know of!).

We highly suggest taking advantage of the many guided tours available in this area, as even if you think you know everything there is to know about Roman history, you're bound to learn something new.  It's worth the Euros!

 

Who we visited here:
Julius Caesar

 

Factoid: The Roman Forum was built on the site of an ancient cemetery!

 

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