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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. By using our Rome tour planner, you can arrange your visit to Roman Forum and other attractions in Rome.
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  • Loved visiting the Forum, good shoes needed as lots of walking involved over uneven ground. Fabulous to look around and imagine life in the Roman empire.  more »
  • definately worth a visit in it's own right but came free with the Colliseum so doubly good. Amazing partially ruined site with 3 routes - easy/medium/hard. On a hot day you'll bake walking around with...  more »
  • It was a REALLY hot day in July when we visited. I wouldn't recommend that to anyone. There is very little shade here. Great sites to view from a grand perspective but very little detail/up close view...  more »
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  • Amazing to see all the history of the Roman forum. The lines are fairly short compared to other local historical sites but in the summer months it gets hot! Be sure to bring plenty of water and a hat to protect from the sun! The staff was very friendly and accommodating especially as my wife was pregnant.
  • Magnificent architectures and sculptures. Definitely a must see in Rome. The tour can take 1-2 hours. It's highly advised to buy the combined tickets(Colosseum and Roman Forum) online to avoid the long queue. However be careful of the guys who are offering free brackets, they are scammers and will try to scam you money once you accept their bracelets. Simply ignore them is the best action.
  • It's a must see attraction in Rome if you are into Roman architecture and history. Pretty crowded if the weather is good, but it's a large enough area that you can still make your way around. I recommend using a different audio guide than Rick Steves, which was free, but sparing in details. Perhaps pay for the one they have there... Allow at least two hours possibly three if you're into this type of thing.
  • This is the birthplace of Roman civilization, the seat of centuries of Roman government and the death place of both the Roman Republic and the man who finished it off. Bring your own shade and water and a fresh pair of legs. Do not expect to find Cicero's hands, the platform to which they were nailed or the building in which the platform was located, though. The ruins of the Senate building in the Forum are ancient but apparently not that ancient. Hands down it is one of the highlights of Rome, nonetheless.
  • Um. This is by far my new favourite part of Rome. That's saying something right? The Roman Forum is the reason for Rome. Lol. It sits below the "normal" ground level for good reason. It's incredible to stand in the middle of ruins and literally gaze up at the centuries of growth surrounding this once thriving metropolis. It can't be missed. There's 3 different levels of difficulty on paths for walking through so even if you're a little wobbly, you can probably take the green (easy) route to get around this magical place. I think my kids would have enjoyed this very much! Tip: The Roman Forum offers the very best view of the Colosseum. Don't miss it!

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Where to stay in Rome

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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