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    Roman Forum: Once the Center of Life in Rome

    by deecat Updated May 11, 2005

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    Forum Ruins in Rome

    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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    Forum Favourites

    by sandysmith Written Sep 28, 2003

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    view over Forum

    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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    The Arch of Septimus Severus

    by unravelau Written Apr 29, 2003

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    The arch of Septimus Severus

    Favorite thing: 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.

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    Mercati di Traiano (Trajan's Markets)

    by Sarita76 Updated Oct 20, 2006

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    Mercati di Traiano

    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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    only Ruins??

    by suubi Written Oct 14, 2002

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    The sacred way leading to Colosseum

    Favorite thing: 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.

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    Walk, walk, walk....

    by TinKan Updated Apr 25, 2003

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    View from the top

    Favorite thing:
    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 .....

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    Temples in the Forum

    by CandS Updated Jun 7, 2003

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    Temple of Antoninus and Faustina

    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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    Foro Romano

    by pili Updated Aug 15, 2003

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    Roman Foro

    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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    Paradise for every archaeologist

    by chicabonita Updated Feb 15, 2004

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    stone bloom

    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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    Terme di Diocleziano

    by sandysmith Written Mar 29, 2003

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    the baths

    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

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    Doors to explore

    by TinKan Updated Feb 18, 2004

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    Big doors

    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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    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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    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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    Spoilt for choice!

    by tvdm Written Mar 17, 2003

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    Favorite thing: 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).

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    I took this picture from an...

    by acemj Written Sep 12, 2002

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    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.

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