Roman Forums, Rome
This is a view of the Colosseum and Forum from Palatine Hill...
Admission to the Forum is free but we paid L12,000 to visit Palatine Hill... We were happy we did though because it was amazing to look around...
If you don't quite make it into the Roman Forum a pretty good idea about its size and content can be gathered from halfway up the stairs to the Campidoglio Museums and Capitoline.
Fondest memory: There is an atmosphere about Rome that you may miss when away ..........but this is only one of many aspects of this historic place that I miss.
Walk, walk and more walking.... it is the key to seeing the city of Rome.
When walking around Rome always look up and try to take some of the walking streets or go down some of the more populated side streets. You will see so much more of Rome than just the major attractions.
Just walk from one place to the other, keep your eyes open and take it all in.
Fondest memory: Rome is a great place to people watch. You can sit and watch the fasion show around 4 pm when the families come out all dressed up for the evening.
For the best view of the city of Rome go to the top of St Angelos .....
Favorite thing: The Baths of Diocletian were the biggest in Rome and had the same scheme as the Baths of Trajan and Baths of Caracalla; they could accommodate 3000 people at once. They were built in 298-306 by emperor Diocletian
There simply too much to do in Rome: too many monuments, churches, piazza´s, bars and restaurants to visit during on stay! Therefore it´s also the ideal destination to return to. But whatever you do, don´t miss the Roman ruins and the Vatican. You can easily visit them during the day and there´ll be lots of time left for food and wine in the evening!
Fondest memory: It´s hard to determine what was best in Rome; there´s so much to like. The stroll on the Palatine was something else, alright. Very peaceful, with beautiful sights over the modern city and the Forum (pic).
Having acquired a city map, you urgently need to make a tour plan locating the position of sights as well as the most convenient way of touring them. Since every stone in Rome has an interesting story behind it, nearly all sights are worth a visit. On the one side you have religious Rome depicted in Vatican with its associated Basilicas and on the other hand you have the historical part of the city, and its customs.
Fondest memory: The coexistence of history, architecture, religion, art and everyday life is very thrilling and its what makes Rome.
When in Rome the one thing you absolutely must visit is the Colosseum and the Forum Romanum. I would suggest to take the subway and exit at 'Colloseo'. We did that and when we came out of the station we were just perplexed for a few minutes. So be prepared!
Fondest memory: Well the best thing about Rome is, you can stroll around in this city and find something interesting on every corner. It's just the atmosphere of this city that never sleeps. I didn't got the feeling that I was a tourist looking for the next historical attraction at all!
Favorite thing: I took this picture from an ancient window located among the ruins of Palatine Hill looking out onto the dome-filled skyline of modern day Rome. It's not the best, but it gets better if you click to enlarge it.
visit the FORI IMPERIALI close to the Colosseo.
To see : on the Via dei Fori Imperiali, the extension of the Roman Empire presented through several maps. Impressive.
See other photograph in travelogue.
Fondest memory: An idea : climb the hill which is on the left of the photograph (but off the image) to have a look on the Colosseo and the FORI.
Favorite thing: Be prepared to spend a fair amount of time in the Roman Forum while in this area of Rome. But, remember, to get out and up the Capitoline Hill (it seemed more like a mountain) you will have to climb and climb and climb. See my travelogue on the Forum. This is the Arch of Titus- the entry to the Roman Forum.
There are so many fantastic places in Rome to see, but if I had to choose only one, I would say the Roman Forum. Walking in the Forum, among the ruins of ancient temples....it's just amazing. It was extremely moving and I'm sure I'll never forget it.
Here is a photo of some of the Vestal Virgins, which are located in (surprise!) the House of the Vestal Virgins. The virgins attended the flame of Vesta and if they broke their vows, they were buried alive! (If you look very closely at the lower left side of the picture, you can see one of the Forum cats curled up against the wall.)
Fondest memory: I miss everything-the antiquity, the people, the crazy traffic, the jumble of buildings here, there, and everywhere! I just loved Rome, period! (oh, and those funny little 3-wheel cars) ----------------
Favorite thing: Explore the remains of the old glorious days of the Imperial Rome. They are to be found all around the city, but the biggest concentration is, obviously, the area of the Imperial forums. You can see more pictures in the travelogue.
I stuck my head in here and thought, oh another room. Then I got to thinking. This is actually the Senate! Just imagine all the issues that were discussed here about the antic world! And somewhere over there Julius stood speaking to the Senate. It pays to reflect when you stick your head in somewhere. You get a different experience.
I think the flooring is original.
Last time I was in Forum, I didn’t do a guided tour. I was very anti guided tours! (Probably didn’t have the money). This time though, I listened a lot to the guide and learned many wonderful things.
Use a guide! You won’t regret it!
More pictures in the travelogue.
Follow the Via Sacra up the hill from the Forum and among the ruins of much later imperial villas, you can see the circular foundations of three thatched huts from the 8th century BC, one of which may even have been the home of Romulus, who, legend has it, founded the city in 753 BC. By the 5th century BC (the beginning of the Republican period), the entire area was a massive, ongoing construction site. At the other end of the Forum from the Palatine, a cluster of religious buildings rose on the Capitoline Hill, where traces of the Temple of Jupiter are still visible inside the Palazzo dei Conservatori and along the Via del Tempio di Giove. Sumptuous palaces went up along the slopes of the Palatine, while the Forum was drained by the pipes of the Cloaca Massima and developed with shopping streets, public spaces, and opulent civic buildings like the Senate, the Tribunals, and temples to various gods. The Forum became both Rome's downtown business district and an urban canvas on which successive emperors (starting in 44 BC) painted self-portraits in stone, ever more magnificent monuments to themselves.