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Roman Forum, Rome

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Dating to the 7th century BC when it originally developed as a marketplace, Roman Forum today presents a remarkably well-preserved picture of what became the social, political, and commercial heart of the Roman Empire. Set off along one of the paths to encounter remnants of temples, basilicas, and government buildings. Crane your neck to take in the eight soaring columns of the Temple of Saturn, marvel at the magnificent white marble Arch of Septimius Severus--a victory arch standing 23 m (75.5 ft) high, 25 m (82 ft) wide, and 11.85 m (38.9) deep--and amble past the Curia Julia to witness where the Roman Senate conducted affairs of the state. To see as much of the expansive collection of ancient artifacts and to put them in rich context, consider hiring a guide or joining a tour of the site. Our Rome trip planning tool makes visiting Roman Forum and other Rome attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • This bit of Rome is my favourite. It gives a real sense of the power of Rome at the time. Get a guided tour as otherwise you don’t get to know what everything is as most are ruins. Our guide through.....  more
    This bit of Rome is my favourite. It gives a real sense of the power of Rome at the time. Get a guided tour as otherwise you don’t get to know what everything is as most are ruins. Our guide through.....  more »
  • This is really a great place to go. We have walked around here for a few hours. Beautiful and very impressive to see. 
    This is really a great place to go. We have walked around here for a few hours. Beautiful and very impressive to see.  more »
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  • Incredible!!! We used a tour guide (Francisco) and he was the absolute best! He has lived in Rome for 45 years and is a wealth of knowledge. The Forum and other structures were unbelievable! The way they must have looked when built would have been a site to see. I enjoy history, but I enjoy craftsmanship/engineering even more. With the materials coming from all over the continent (a feat on its own), and the primitive tools used, how the people erected these buildings is really amazing. A must see and if possible, use a private tour guide named Francisco!
  • Now, this place is well worth the time. It's huge! More impressive than the Colosseum, and full of so many interesting things to explore. We, unfortunately, didn't allow enough time, and it shut before we could see it all. The climb to the top gives you amazing views as well. Add this to your list of top things to do in Rome. There is a wheelchair accessible pathway, but unfortunately wheelchair users won't be able to get everywhere, after all, accessibility wasn't around "back in the day". But they have done what they can to make sure the experience is a good one for all.

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