Visit Rome's Oldest Forum, Foro Romano

Via della Salara Vecchia, 5/6, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
Historic Rome

I consider the Roman Forum, or Italian Foro Romano, to be more intriguing than the nearby Colosseum: here Rome was born! The archeological site includes many important Ancient Rome structures, such as shrines, government buildings, and monuments: you can see the remains of the Tabularium, the Temple of Saturn, the Basilica of Maxentius, the Arch of Septimius Severus, and the Temple of Vesta, among others.

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A trip to Rome without visiting the historic Roman Forum is akin to a trip to Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower. The Forum, a vast, ruin-filled area reminiscent of the Roman Empire's glory days, stands out as one of Rome's most spectacular attractions. This exceptionally photographed spot in the Italian capital will surely be an unforgettable experience for you.

History of the Roman Forum

- The area of the Roman Forum was a large swamp before the 7th century BCE. 
- The site's oldest monuments date back to the sixth century BC when Rome's first kings built them. 
- With the growing power of the Roman Empire in the Mediterranean, the Forum expanded in the 2nd century BC
- During Emperor Augustus' rule from 27 BC to AD 14, it served as the Empire's political and religious center. 
- In the Middle Ages, a few Roman temples became churches; layers of earth covered the area.
- Nobody knew about the historic Roman Forum in the 19th century. Excavations led to the discovery of today's site only at the beginning of the 20th century.

Visiting the Roman Forum

Because travelers can see ruins in many European cities, some might think the Roman Forum is not worth their time. This situation may occur if a person is unaware (or doesn't care about) the city and country's history or the cultural and historical significance of the ruins.

My favorite part of Rome is the Roman Forum. The site explains Rome's power at the time. Due to its immense size, the fascinating Forum took several hours to explore; it was a wonderful experience. I highly recommend you book a skip-the-line morning tour, bring a water bottle, wear comfortable shoes, and, with a professional guide, marvel at the UNESCO-listed ruins of ancient Rome: Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, and Colosseum.

How to Get to the Roman Forum

Located on low ground between the Palatine and Capitoline hills, the Roman Forum is at Via della Salara Vecchia, 5/6. You'll find the main entrance gate on Via dei Fori Imperiali between the Colosseum and Piazza Venezia.

Bus (lines 51, 75, 85, 87, 117) stop: Colosseo
Metro (line B) station: Colosseo

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