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Roman Forum

Via dei Fori Imperiali, Rome 00186 Italy
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    Lexy Leahy
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    5 Jan 28, 2014

    The Roman Forum is a must see. For one, you can buy tickets to the colosseum there and bypass the ridiculously long lines you would have had to stand in if you had bought tickets at the actual colosseum. Two, the roman forum is so awesome! Much more exciting than the colosseum in my opinion. At the Forum, you walk amongst ancient ruins. You can touch things and sit on ancient columns and explore and get lost. Don't get me wrong, the colosseum is still magnificent and another must see (obvi), but if you skip the Roman Forum you'll really be missing out.

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  • Roman ForumPro 2014
    Rich Carriero
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    4 Sep 20, 2013

    For a place with such significance in Roman History, the Forum is actually a little depressing. This was once the largest open air market and meeting place in the ancient world and now most of the ruins are unrecognizable. There are some exceptions--some of the arches and the old curia among them--but the forum really gives more of a sense of just how far the Empire fell.

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    Keane
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    4 Aug 10, 2013

    I can only imagine that a crack addict would be the only type of person on earth more excited about old rocks than I.

    A trip to the Foro Romano is cheap, running somewhere under 10 euros, and includes admission to the Colosseo and Palatino. The only downside is that you really need a guide to show you the meaning behind all the structures, as they are just stones without explanation. Additionally, the audioguide is confusing, spouting out art history terms and making one unsure if they are standing in exactly the right spot, facing exactly the right direction, to make the guide accurate. (It's still better than nothing.)

    Palatino, on the other hand, is full of natural beauty and can be explored without explanation, though I'm certain a guide here would be wonderful as well.

    As cheap as crack without the societal embarrassment, Foro Romano is a must-see on your next trip to Rome.

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    Thais Guimaraes
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    3 Nov 16, 2013

    The Foro di Roma is where all the ancient public buildings used to stand and it's a nice walk to see all the ruins and how large it was. Parts of it are more conserved than others and, for me, the gardens were the most beautiful part of it.

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    AndrewDThorpe
    5 Oct 16, 2013

    Where on the planet can you see, and feel part of, so much history in such a very small space? Awe inspiring!

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    Harold Smith-Franzen (@smithfranzen)
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    4 Oct 12, 2013

    Most interesting because of its juxtaposition against the back drop of other historical monuments. A nice place to wonder and think about the glory of Ancient Rome and the long history of this amazing city

    The Roma Pass is highly recommended as a way to skip the long line.

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    Erin K
    3 Oct 22, 2013

    The Roman Forum is a fascinating trip through one sliver of the city's history, though I think it's in the middle of my list of favorite Roman monuments. While it is usually jam packed with tourists, it's great for people who like to let their imaginations take over and fill in the blanks (as the majority of the ruins are pretty much...well, ruined). For those who like taking a tour, I'd save the tour guide for the Colosseum and just rely on a book for the forum.

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    Johnnie do
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    5 Aug 23, 2013
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    5 Nov 17, 2013

    Was once the centre of the world. You will see why immediately. Behold the grandeur that was Rome. And then have a coffee and people watch, which is what Romans do best.

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  • Roman Forum
    Kevin Lee
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    5 Sep 01, 2013

    One of the best collection of Roman ruins that you can find. A good place to start for history buffs that are into the Roman empire. The range of different ruins and the history behind each one will surely leave you in awe.

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  • Roman Forum
    Elio Gigliarelli
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    5 Jul 31, 2013

    A journey into the heart of ancient Rome where he lived were discussing politics and the business affairs of the whole Roman Empire.

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    Steve Hunter
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    5 Jul 26, 2013

    Walk in the footsteps of Cesar's and Julius himself. You can feel the history of the place seeping into your feet as you walk around these grounds and gaze upon the remnants of buildings and statues left standing

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    Toufic Tawily
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    5 Oct 22, 2012

    a great walk around the ruins in rome. a mix of serenity and tragic history. the vegetation has overcome the place which makes it a great natural escape in the middle of the city.

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    Mel S Wong
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    5 Sep 10, 2012

    How can anyone visiting Rome and not stop by the ancient city center of Rome that is the Roman Forum?!

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    Veronique Pochart
    5 Jul 10, 2012

    We hired a private guide who adapted the tour for the kids. This was a great way to keep them interested.

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    Sharon "Bubz" Z
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    5 Apr 16, 2014
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    Katie Pierce
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    4 Jul 04, 2012

    Roman ruins are incredible. I spent quite a while wandering around here.

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    Wana Ursiripant
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    4 Jul 15, 2012
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    Laurel W
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    4 Aug 15, 2013

    Unless you have some background in classical studies or ancient Roman history, I highly recommend hiring a guide to see the Roman Forum. There is so much here and covers a longer span of time than you might imagine. We hire a docent from Context Travel and it was well worth it as we learned a lot and were better able to appreciate the sights.

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    Travis Katz
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    4 Jul 04, 2012

    Located right next to the Colosseum - the Foro Romano is pretty amazing. Its not quite as well preserved as the Colosseum, but it lets you imagine what ancient Rome must have looked like.

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The Roman Forum was the downtown of ancient Roman life, the place to do business, talk politics, or just see and be seen in your toga. Today you can wander through the numerous ruins, including emperor Septimius Severus' triumphal arch, temples to the Vestal Virgins, and the site of Julius Caesar's assassination. A single ticket is available for the Forum, Colosseum and Palatine Hill.

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Aliases: Foro Romano