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Fantastic - but arrive early.
I was very pleasantly suprised by the Roman Forum. It had always been on our list of things to do in Rome but hadn't been our top priority. We did however visit it first thing in the morning on our first day as we had been told that the ticket for the forum could also be used to get in to the colosseum without so much queuing (this is true and I would strongly recommend doing this).
The Forum covers quite a large area really with a large number of buildings (or rather the remains of buildings) on the site. I personally enjoyed the curia (with bronze doors dating from ancient Roman times still intact), the house of the vestal virgins and the Arch of Titus to be most impressive. The views of the colosseum from the Arch of Titus are well worth taking a photo of.
I'm very pleased that we arrived very early. We got there about 15-20 minutes after opening and there were only 2 people ahead of us in the queue so we were in in no time at all. When we left a couple of hours later the queue was horrendous! Do go early.
They have an audio guide available which was fairly pricey and you have to leave an item of ID (such as passport or drivers licence) with them as security. Don't bother with this. Whilst I don't doubt the accuracy of the information contained on the audio guide it was dry, boring and unengaging and we stopped using it within the first 20 minutes of our visit. take a good guide book with maps of the forum with you instead.
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A lot of ruins to see.We love to watch the ruins,but even if I love hot weather,it was hottet day at our Rome-trip,and after walking around Colosseum,we might have missed something here,because we run out of water,and had to leave earlier than we would have othervice.
It was good to have a Rome pass,we jut walked in without staying in line.Lines were quite short anyway,if you came in from the Colosseum side.
I have a link and describtion of Rome pass at my Colosseum-tip.
The vast Roman Forum
I found it good to view the patchwork quilt, that is the Forum, from the Capitoline Hill before embarking on the journey around its many gardens and ruins.
This way i could pick out a route through the virtual carnage of tour groups and crumbling statues and columns, to see the things i actually wanted to see, and to miss the things i didn't.......
Well-worth a atleast a passing glance is the Temple of Castor and Pollux (AD5), the Temple of Romulus (only the doors remain of the original AD4 building, but its now part of the Santi Cosma e Damiano standing behind it), the Vestal Virgins (8BC), the Temple of Vesta and the Basilica Julia (54BC).
The Basilica of Constantine and Maxeritius (3 large barrel vaults) was my favourite as its ruins are all that remain of the Forums largest building.
Entrances are at the Largo Romoloe e Remo, Via del Foro Romano, and also at the Arch of Titus on Via Sacra.
personal tour of the forum
One of my favorite things to do in Rome is to visit the forum. I love walking around, soaking up the ambiance and trying to imagine what it must have been like 2 thousand years ago. Well...I have found something that makes this even easier to do. I found a downloadable guide that I put on my ipod and took with me. I simply started where the tour said to start and followed it thru the forum. It gives great detail on the specific buildings, some of their history and some interesting information that you might not find in the guidebooks. Best of all, you can skip any part that doesn't interest you and continue on tho the next. I found it very easy to use and very interesting. The forum tour started at the top of the forum and worked its way to the colosseum. It was in two parts so you could easily stop for lunch or a soda before continuing. The name of the guides are: pocketvox. You can check them out at pocketvox.com. They cost 5 euros to download but each tour lasts about two hours and you do it at your own pace. If you don't want to carry a guidebook thru the forum then these are the guides for you.
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One of the greatest places in Rome, in my opinion. You just have to see it during your trip. You can feel the history around you and close your eyes and listen to your own imagination and you can see the ancient Rome then...
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No visitor cannot remain indifferent in front of the fact that Rome exist almost three thousands years now. Another amazing fact is that Rome had over million and a half inhabitants, while most of todays European capital towns reached that number only in the 20th century. The whole city structure was built of stone, streets included, and in accordance to the plan designed by the architects who's work reminded unequaled.
In its original sense, word forum is a Latin origin and means a place-hole between three Roman Hills on which people traded, met each other or discuss politics.
The Foro was the comercial, politic and religious center of all Rome. Its situated on Capitolino and Palatino valley. On the Republic it was a tipical piazza but as that Roman Empire started to frofile, more buildings, temples and tribunals. It importance started to decline at the same time that Rome Empire, from century IV and its buildings buildt by emperors, senators and consuls were on ruins. On Renaissance, the forum was an inspiration fountain for artists and arquitects.
El foro era el centro comercial, politico y religioso de toda Roma. Esta situado en el valle capitolino y palatino. En la epoca de la Republica era una tipica plaza pero a medida que el imperio empezaba a perfilarse edificios, templos y tribunales. Su imporancia comenzo a decaer al mismo tiempo que el imperio romano a partir del siglo IV cuando sus edificios construidos por emperadores, senadores y consuls se fueron a la ruina. En el renacimiento, el foro fue una fuente de inspiracion para artistas y arquitectos.
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The old and the Beautiful!
It was the first thing that I saw in Rome. It was so big that I could only see a little bit but worth the time spent in there. Its so amazing that some of those buildings are still standing. You have to see this!
Free entrance but you can book guided tours!
The Birth of Civilization
No trip to Italy is complete without a visit to the Roman Forum. This is where much of the major events of history too place. Events which still resonate today. Over two hundred years ago, the founding fathers of America took the model of the ancient Roman Republic and drafted the Constitution of the United States based on its system.
This is a funeral pyre of Julius Ceasar, and although he was the final assasin of the Republic (Marius and Sulla bear some responsibility too) his name lived on in Russia when rulers adopted the name "Tsar".
The Forum is where the ancient civilizations of Rome existed. All of the business was taken care of in this area. You can walk through the forum for free, and if you're lucky you'll find a free English speaking tour. They will accept tips at the end.
Experience the ancient rome
I think a good place to start with the Fori Romani is from the capitol hill. First you see the monument for Vittorio Emmanuelle II and imagine how impressive the ruins in the fori romani where 2000 years ago. You also have a good overall view of the area from the hill.
Be sure to take along a good guide book that explains the different buildings. Some books even have good pics with reconstructions what it used to be like.
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Oh… come on we all do it. It’s fun listening in on other people’s conversations and there is nothing better than hearing someone say something really stupid.
So… why the Foro Romano? Well it was here that I nearly chocked to death laughing after over hearing what has gone down in my travel diaries as the dumbest tourist comment yet.
I’ll set the scene…. a small boy holding his father’s hand is walking past two American tourists, a couple which I am behind. The child turns to his father and says something to his father in Italian. After a few meters the American woman turns to her partner and said,
“isn’t that cute…even the children speak Italian”
Walk the circumference in the early morning...
Like I said in my intro, you can see a TON of the Forum without paying a single penny. Thanks to a loud, insomniac baby in the room next to ours, I got up at 6:00am one morning and decided to walk the perimeter of the Forum. It was absolute magic! Without the hordes, it was even peaceful and a wonderful chance to take some good photos.
Walking the perimeter takes awhile--if you do go in the morning, plan on taking two hours or so for a leisurely stroll with pastry sidetrip thrown in.
Audio Walking Tour of the Roman Forum on your iPod
The Roman Forum was the center of daily life in Rome, filled with temples, markets, courts and all kinds of other public buildings. Today, the Forum is little more than a few scattered rock piles, but with a little imagination and the help of an audio guide the glory of Rome unfolds at your very feet. In the Forum, you'll see the Roman Senate, where Rome’s finest citizenry met to decide the issues of the day, as well as the remains Rome's greatest temples including the Temple of Saturn, The Temple of Jupiter and the Temple of the Vestal Virgins. This tour is designed help you make sense of the rubble and recreate the story of Rome from the time when Caesar built it into the greatest city in the Empire until Nero watched it burn. A great resource for budget travelers. http://www.walki-talki.com/index.html
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An Introduction to the Roman Forum
The Roman Forum is nothing less than the heart of the ancient Roman Empire. A vast meeting place, all the most important political, business, religious, and social events of ancient Rome happened right here. It contains such magnificent monuments as the Temple of Saturn, the cremation pyre of Julius Caesar, the Arch of Titus, the House of the Vestal Virgins, and the Curia. Surprisingly, many visitors to Rome know nothing of the forum when they arrive, and sadly there is very little in the way of signage to enlighten them once they find it. This is quite possibly the most poorly signed major historical sight in the world, and trying to find your way around with a guidebook can be quite confusing. Hopefully my tips on the individual buildings will help you navigate the forum without too much difficulty. Another great option is to go on a free tour. If you see someone talking loudly and saying 'free tour' alot, don't hesitate to join in. For more info see my Tourist Trap tip.
UCLA has created a very interesting website where you can view reconstructions of all the different buildings in the forum (see link below). If you click on the 'object movie,' it will bring up a 3D reconstruction of the building, which you can tilt and turn to view at any angle you want.
Entry to the forum is free and it is open daily (except on public holidays or when the staff are on strike)
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