Roman Forums, Rome
Favorite thing: The Arch of Constantine. Built in 315 AD to celebrate Emperor Constantine's victory over co-emperor Maxentius at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge. Constantine is believed to have seen a vision of the cross during this battle. Thus, signifying the start of the Holy Roman Empire.
Favorite thing: Column of Trajan Constructed in 113 AD. It commemorates two of Trajan's victories. The scenes that spiral upwards tell the stories of these campaigns. it is 131 ft tall and the ashes of Emperor Trajan were once stored in the base of the column.
Favorite thing: The Arch of Septimius Severus, dating back to 203 AD, marks the entrance to the ROMAN FORUM if you are approaching it from the direction of the Capitoline Hill.
ARCH OF COSTANTINE
Is situated just in front of the Colosseum. The largest of the arches erected in Rome, on the route followed by triumphal processions of antiquity between the Caelian and the Palatine hills, is 21 meters high, almost 26 meters wide and more then 7 meters deep.
The arch was built in 315 AD by decree of the Senate and the Roman people to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Costantine’s ascent to the throne and his victory over Maxentius in the Battle of the Milvian Bridge in 312.
For decoration of the arch, a number of reliefs and scupltures from other monuments were employed.
FORO ROMANO – ROMAN FORUM
The Roman Forum is situated on an area which was originally most inhospitable, swampy and unhealthy. Once the complex reclamation work was finished, the Roman Forum became a place for trade and barter. Numerous shops and a large market square were built. An area was also set apart for ceremonies; it was here that the magistrates were elected, the traditional religious holidays were ketp, and those charged with various crimes were judged by a court.
As time passed, the forum area was completely abandoned; the ruins of the ancient monuments were used by the population and in large part demolished. During the Middle Ages, it became a pasture for sheep and cattle (hence its name of “Campo Vaccino”.
Fondest memory: View of the Roman Forum with the Temple of Saturn, the Phoca’s Column and a portion of the Arch of Septimius Severus.
Walk throughout the city. This was my second time in Rome and it is much safer now than before!
Fondest memory: Go to the Imperial Street where the forum is. It's absolutely sensational. The Coliseum is something to see, followed by a nice lunch at one of the nearby restaurants...
walk thro'the forum. To think what great feet have walked there before you !
Nero's Golden House, which has recently just reopened after 25 years. and the Doria Pamphiji Palazzo, near piazza Veneto. Absolutely spellbinding and beautiful.
Fondest memory: Just strolling thro' the streets and encountering a surprise gallery, building or palazzo around the corner. The balmy evenings again just strolling and sitting outside at a pavement cafe, and the hospitality and friendliness of the staff.
Favorite thing: The first thing we headed for when we arrived in Rome was the Coloseo. Outside the entrance stands the Arch of Constantine. An imposing piece of work in its own right but dwarfed next to the shear size of the Colosseum.
Here's a picture of the Arch of Constantine, which is a magnificient triple-arcaded triumphal arch and has a lot of history behind it.
It is also held in a well state of conservation, since it was constructed in 312!
The Forum Romanum is the heart of the ancient Rome. That is the place to go. You can turn back the time and sence the beauty and the power of the Roman Empire.
Fondest memory: In Rome you can feel the past and the present at the same time. Every place has its own story to tell and the history of the great Roman Empire continues to live in every day life. That is the thing I miss the most. The strong combination of history and modern times.
Look at Forums from any of hills around.
Fondest memory: You can take a look on old Forums, while your guide will tell you some history, that you have learned at school, but then have successfully forgotten ;)
It's a bit funny to hear phrases like: 'Look at that two stones - that was a church. Look at that three columns - that was a palace'. What a pity, that ancient city is almost destroyed by time. Well, who knows - would these stones be as attractive, if they will be better-looking?
Fondest memory: Any guide will load you with the information about the 'first ever cartoon in history'. I can argue that it is the first cartoon ever, but I will definitely agree that this is a first cartoon of such size. You can ask - how the COLIMN could be a CARTOON? The answer is simple - all the surface of column (from bottom to top) is a spiral of pictures, that could be treated as frames. Each next picture - next frame of a cartoon. Of course, you will not be able to look through all the column's cartoon, unless you're person of Gulliver's size
Favorite thing: We had a great time looking around the Forum and then to have this wonderful view overlooking the whole thing was amazing...it is definintely an unreal feeling to be amongst this very old world...
Favorite thing: I was amazed by this rose that had found his way on the forum. Its flowers brought some color on the grey day we had.
We came across the Temple of Venus & Roma in the Forum/Palatine Hill area while we were on a tour...
This temple was inaugurated in 135 AD...