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Roman Forum, Rome

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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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  • Of course if you go to the Colosseum, you can't miss the Forum. But be prepared for a long walk that seems to have no end. Luckily there is a vending machine with water along the way. The view from th...  more »
  • Huge area, an architectural cradle of our civilisation. You should reserve at least a few hours for a tour.  more »
  • Take water as there only fountains to refill a bottle and nowhere to purchase other than a vending machine that was warm and a cafe at the exit. Book a guide and prepare for the best day of you can ha...  more »
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  • I won't describe the Roman Forum because you have to see it to believe it. I'll stick to how to visit it. Definitely book tickets online, you get a two day ticket which provides entry to the Colosseum as well. Do not engage with any of the guides outside the Forum, even if they implore that they're providing free advice and are well intentioned. Also don't engage with street vendors selling antiques unless you want to be tricked into buying things. If you plan to visit both the Colosseum and Roman Forum on the same day, I'll suggest dropping by 12 and taking an hour for each. But the best plan of action would be to drop by at 3 in two consecutive days to skip the queue. I used Rick Steve's audio guide which is an hour long podcast with directions to visit both of these locations without spending a dime. It's not only free, but it's highly informative and easy to follow. Pro-tip: Book online, use an app for the guide and stay away from guides and vendors.
  • Beautiful! Should not be missed! The entrance fee gives you access to many more attractive points of the Roman Archeology. Take your time and be prepared to walk for a good three hours of you are serious about getting to know it! For us it has been a part of history that jumps from the books into our faces! Unforgettable experience for the ones who like to be in historical places.
  • Go if you like history, if you have a few hours to spare, if it's not raining (as it is, all of it, out in the open). It's a glimpse at how Rome was setup thousands and hundreds of years ago, with ruins off a whole city center where half a million people once lived. If you look at the architectural landscape, it'll feel like you're back in time. The only negative is the overall lack of information, like historical info or suggested routes within the area.
  • WOW!!! This tour was OUTSTANDING!!! The Forum was a site to behold, but had it not been for our excellent tour guide, the heat would've screwed up everything. Barbara was knowledgeable and made sure the tour was fun for all, even the young children who were on the tour. The best bit was Barbara taking note of the very hot day and making sure to steer the group to shaded areas wherever possible, while still enthusiastically telling us interesting tidbits about the the Forum . Thank you Barbara for an outstanding tour. I highly recommended this tour, and I would asked to be in Barbara's group. :-)
  • The Roman Forum is HUGH! There is literally too much to see, you can't comprehend the size and scale of the ruins until you see them. Give yourself at least half a day, a good pair of walking shoes and plenty of spare batteries for your smart phone. Every view is a photo waiting to happen! The views from the top of Palentine hill are magical. One of the most amazing places I have ever visited. Some much culture and history.

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For easy foot access to most of the city's main historical sites, consider staying in Rome's old town center. The area is conveniently placed for public transport, only a walk away from the city's main railway station. Accommodations here span all hotels sectors, from cheap hostels to luxury brand names. To avoid the steep prices and overcrowding of the town center, explore the hotels in the inner suburbs of Rome. They offer comfortable rooms and excellent food at a fraction of the price charged by the centrally located hotel chains. Another affordable option is the area around Vatican, which boasts a good selection of family-owned B&Bs.
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