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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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  • Another very historic place, quite near the Colosseum and Palatine Hill. How these monuments have survived being outside for thousands of years is amazing. 
    Another very historic place, quite near the Colosseum and Palatine Hill. How these monuments have survived being outside for thousands of years is amazing.  more »
  • Go on a guided tour to get the best experience, as the guide can navigate you through the crowds. Midweek in November and still busy. 
    Go on a guided tour to get the best experience, as the guide can navigate you through the crowds. Midweek in November and still busy.  more »
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  • This place was amazing! You truly need at least 4 hours to see it all. And in the summer there’s not much shade. But it’s so worth it. The history here is phenomenal. Bring a water bottle to use the free flowing fountains. You truly feel like you have stepped back in town. When you enter go left and you will walk up a hill to the most amazing overlook over the Roman Forum. It’s definitely a place I want to return too.
  • Just awesome. It feels like you're stepping back in time, there is SO much to see here and so much to take in - €24 for the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum is a bargain. It was a super hot day so we were thankful for the many water fountains dotted around. There is a map which helps you navigate the area but we just wandered around and just enjoyed the walk. It wasn't too busy either which was nice as we could just go at our own pace - we walked around for around two hours but it can be done as quickly or slowly as you wanted dependent on what you want to see and how much time you have. Would definitely return to see more of the gardens and anything we missed!

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