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    Buy Roma Pass and Foro Romano guided tour

    by dirtroady Updated May 18, 2011

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    Favorite thing: The Roma Pass is a good idea because it includes transportation too. I used it to see the Colosseum + Foro Romano, the Museum of Modern Art (not worth it) and I don't remember what else right now. I wanted to see Galleria Borghese but for that one must book in advance.

    For the Foro it's worth buying a guide book or better yet taking a guided tour because there are no signs explaining what in the world it is you're looking at. For guide book and tour don't go in through the entrance closest to the Colosseum but use the farther entrance (when leaving the Colosseum sort of keep right and go straight up the road). Also, google the times when you can visit certain sites in the Foro because a few houses are only open a little bit each day.

    Fondest memory: I just loved all of Rome!

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    Mercati di Traiano (Trajan's Markets)

    by Sarita76 Updated Oct 20, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Trajan's Markets (Mercatus Traiani) was designed by the architect Apollodorus of Damascus. It was a real market, with almost 150 shops and offices. The Markets are a series of buildings constructed on various levels at the same time as Trajan's Forum. It was a complex of more than 170 rooms. The building now hosts the Museum of the Imperial Forums.

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    Domus Augustana

    by CandS Updated Jul 8, 2005

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    Favorite thing: This is Domus Augustana at Palantine Hill... It is an old imperial palace built in 81 - 96 AD and was used as the empire headquarters. The complex is divided into 3 parts - an area for state functions, a private wing and a stadium.

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    Roman Forum: Once the Center of Life in Rome

    by deecat Updated May 11, 2005

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    Favorite thing: The Roman Forum is interesting to see if you have some background information. Otherwise, it just looks like a disaster zone.

    So, I suggest that you view the whole area from the Capitoline Hill above it. From that vantage point, you can understand and pick out the most substantial of the ruins. You can also see the main street (Via Sacra{Sacred Way}) which was the path followed through the Forum for triumphal and religious processions as they made their way to the Capitol for the purpose of giving thanks at the Temple of Jupiter.

    For me, the most interesting items in these ruins are the Temple of Castor & Pollux which was dedicated to the twin brothers of Helen of Troy. I like its Corinthian columns.

    I also enjoyed seeing the circular Temple of Vesta and behind it the House of the Vestal Virgins. From mythology I knew that the Vestal Virgins served Vesta, goddess of hearth and home. She also protected children. So her temple was one of ancient Rome's most sacred. There was a flame that was kept alive by the Vestal Virgins because it symbolized the continuation of the state of Rome. They thought that if the flame died, so died Rome.

    The House was where the cherished virgins lived. There were 50 rooms and was probably annexed to the Temple.

    Fondest memory: Everyone has his/her favorites in the Forum Ruins, much of it based on personal taste or architectural interests. My favorites always have to do with the mythological tale or legend that accompanies it.

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    The Forum

    by AmericanBoy Updated Mar 5, 2004

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    Favorite thing: The Forum is open to walk around during the day for a small fee. I suggest going at night when the spotlights make the ruins seem eerily romantic. You won't be able to get as close to the columns as you could in a day tour.. but it is still worth it!

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    Doors to explore

    by TinKan Updated Feb 18, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Around the forum area you will find many unique doors and entranceways to explore. It is great to walk around and think that through these doors and entrance ways, great artist, poets, historians and warriors have walked.

    Fondest memory: You can easily spend a full day at the Forum and I do not think you will ever see it all.

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    Paradise for every archaeologist

    by chicabonita Updated Feb 15, 2004

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    Favorite thing: The Forum Romanum is a must for every one interested in old stones and history. If you are one of them I guess you have to plan several hours to discovery everything.

    For me a promade around the forum was enought.

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    The ARC OF CONSTANTINE

    by Krystynn Updated Jan 16, 2004

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    Favorite thing: The awesome ARC OF CONSTANTINE.

    Erected in the year 315 A.D. by the Roman Senate, this amazing monument is still intact today.

    Don't miss it. It's just a stone's throw away from the mighty Coliseum.

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    Going Back To Ancient Rome....

    by Krystynn Updated Jan 16, 2004

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    Fondest memory: The magnificent ancient ROMAN FORUM, of course!

    Once upon a time in ancient Rome, this place was THE religious, political and commercial center. I can't help but marvel... at how exciting it must have been to live during that era.

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    Receiving Mail

    by aliante1981 Written Jan 8, 2004

    Favorite thing: Everybody (well, almost!) likes receiving letters - I certainly do, though there are other, more modern and efficient means of communication - e-mail, phone, and such like. However, if you simply like getting letters or if you need, say, the originals or paper copies of some documents sent to you while you are on the move, you can use the poste restante service. Your best bet is to use the American Express service, which is available for free to clients - you should hold either their card or travellers cheques. They are reliable and present in all major cities.

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    Forum Favourites

    by sandysmith Written Sep 28, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Even though we spent a while in the Roman Forums during our visit in March (see must see tips) we couldn't resist another view in the June of the same year - I really could spend hours here, so much to absorb and new details to notice. A good view over the forum can be had from the top of the Capitoline hill - just past the museums on the right hand side.

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    Foro Romano

    by pili Updated Aug 15, 2003

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    Favorite thing: The center of all political, religious, and commercial affairs in the ancient world.-
    A very useful piece of advice: when you go there, don´t forget to take a lot of water, because you have no place to buy, and wear old clothes because you will get out of this place totally dirty, because of the dust of this place.-

    El Foro constituía el centro de la vida política, comercial y judicial en la antigua Roma. -
    Un consejo: cuando vayan lleven consigo agua, porque dentro del foro no hay lugar donde comprar y usen ropa vieja o fácilmente lavable porque si hay un poco de viento, el polvo que hay en el foro se habrá trasladado en su totalidad a su ropa.-

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    A little history of Rome

    by slabeaume Written Aug 3, 2003

    Favorite thing: From its early days as a settlement of shepherds on the Palatine hill, Rome grew to rule a vast empire stretching beyond western Europe. Later, after the fall of the Roman empire, Rome became the center of the Christian world. The legacy of this history can be seen all over the city. The Pope still resides in Vatican City, an independent enclave within Rome. In 1870, Rome became the capital of a newly unified Italy, and now has over 2.6 million residents. In summer, many of the grand Baroque piazzas and narrow medieval streets are crammed with sidewalk bars and restaurants -- and tourists.

    Fondest memory: The feel of the Roman Empire is strong here. It was easy to imagine what it was like to be there thousands of years ago.

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    Temples in the Forum

    by CandS Updated Jun 7, 2003

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    Favorite thing: This is the Temple of Antoninus and Faustina in the Roman Forum...

    This temple has an inscription on the architrave which identifies the building as the temple of emperor Antonius Pius and his wife Faustina. It was originally built after her death in 141 AD, but in 161 AD when Antonius died it was dedicated to the couple.

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    The Forum

    by CandS Updated Jun 4, 2003

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    Favorite thing: If you get the chance then wander around the Forum...

    We were lucky enough to catch a free tour at the entrance to the Forum...it went for ages but it was great!! The tour was fun and informative, better than some we had to pay for during our trip...

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