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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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  • Better to go from the entrance of the Palatine Hill so you don't wait in line. Spectacular views of the Colosseum. Enough walking.
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  • The center of the Roman empire for hundreds of years, the Forum is bursting with history. I recommend downloading a podcast to be your guide.  more »
  • Sure you can get reasonable views from the streets, but to walk the same streets of the ancient Romans and Emperors is special. Included in the ticket price for the Colosseum, it is worth spending a f...  more »
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  • The place you can’t imagine that wonderful city without it. Even so, you will see the ruins of former great buildings and temples it still impress you. The place from where Rome developed. The place was the center of cultural, political and social life. I spent there 4 hours with audio guide. So be prepared at least for half of day adventure. And find time during your visit for this amazing place. I recommend you to book tickets in advance or buy Roma Pass and you will skip the lines what will save you up for two hours. The ticket to forum includes the ticket to Coliseum.
  • For me it was the highlight of our three day Rome trip. You can easily spend two to three hours there, exploring the beautiful ancient monuments embedded in the surprisingly green landscape. Also it was not too crowded as the place is huge and the crowds got distributed pretty well.. On hot summer days you can find cold drinking water wells all around, a tour guide is recommended but not mandatory.
  • A visit to the Roman Forum is also a visit to the Palatine Hill. You can easily spend half a day on the location visiting the sites and the different museums. If you really like to have the full experience it's advised to join a guided tour. Since April 2018 there are also the S.U.P.E.R tickets, which give access to locations (among others) as the Palatine museum and Augusts house. A visit in the morning is recommended because its less busy and especially in the summer, less hot. For me it's one of the nicest spots in Rome.
  • Due to the age of the site, a lot of it is in ruins. I would recommend a tour so you can get a full experience. We used City of Wonders and were pleasantly satisfied. There is so much to see. If you go during the summer be prepared for the heat as there is not much shade and a lot of walking. The history is awesome!
  • Amazing place to see. There's some awesome historical structures as there are informative texts about some of them. You really get to touch yourself to ancient Rome. There's really nice and scenic trails. There's also tap water and bathrooms along the way. It's definitely worth the money. You can buy ticket in front of the entrance for 12 euro that includes visit of the Colosseum - waiting on the smaller line.
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