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Via dei Fori Imperiali

Via dei Fori Imperiali, Rome 00186 Italy
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    Rich Carriero
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    5 Sep 20, 2013

    A walk through the Roman forum is two feeling simultaneously. First there's the sense of awe at being in the epicenter of ancient Roman culture. Here was held Caesar's funeral and here the Romans chased out their last king. At the same time there's a sadness in that much of the forum is an incomprehensible jumble of random columns and brick buildings. So at once you can see just how high Rome climbed and how far it fell.

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    Menske
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    5 Aug 25, 2013

    every where you go in Rome you feel the history and even more when you visit a site like this. it's working on your imagination...and always busy...you'll have to live with that in Rome

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  • Via dei Fori ImperialiCommunity ManagerAmbassadorPro 2014
    Keane
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    5 Aug 20, 2013

    I have a love-hate relationship with this major road. I love the history, the attractions, the way it shines at night. It's basically a series of amazing historical places one after another. I hate it for the lack of shade, the heat and the traffic. If you should ever find yourself caught on a packed bus along this stretch during traffic, start praying to Caesar's ghost.

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    Gratian Matache
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    5 Sep 28, 2012

    Perhaps the biggest difference of all was that there was no four-lane, heavily trafficked road straight through the forum area, dividing the Roman Forum from the other Imperial Fora (Forum of Trajan, Forum of Augustus, Forum of Caesar, Forum of Nerva and Forum of Vespasian). This road was built between 1931-1933 at the behest of Benito Mussolini, leader of Italy's National Fascist Party. Primarily he wanted a road fit for a triumphal march or parade. He also wanted to create a physical and symbolic link between the his office in piazza Venezia and the seat of ancient Roman power in the forum, all the way to the Colosseum. Some obstacles lay in the way of the road though – not least the millennia-old Roman structures, as well as the popular tenements that housed 746 of Rome's poorest families, when one of the most densely populated and oldest inhabited areas of Rome was systematically pulled down.
    Apart from the human impact of displacing thousands of people, there were many other structures that were destroyed, moved or covered over during the building of the road. These include:
    The de-consecration and stripping of the Church of Sant'Adriano in Curia Senatus (built on the Curia Julia) in the Roman Forum;
    Demolition of the 17th century convent of the Mercedari, annexed to the Church of Sant'Adriano;
    Excavation and removal of a large part of the Velia Hill, on which the Basilica of Constantine (also known as the Basilica of Maxentius) stands, half way between the Colosseum and piazza Venezia;
    Destruction of the monastery of Sant'Urbano ai Pantani and the nearby convent of Sant'Eufemia;
    Destruction of the neighbourhood of Via Alessandrina, which included the house of famous 19th antiquarian Francesco Martinetti, collector, restorer and numismatics expert – itself a treasure trove;
    Excavation and covering of the gardens of the 16th century Villa Rivaldi and its nymphaeums;
    Loss of several notable houses including Casa Desideri, Casa Ciacci, Casa Cetorelli and Casa De Rossi;
    Demolition of the churches of San Lorenzo ai Monti and Santa Maria degli Angeli in Macello Martyrum;
    The excavation and partial obliteration of the forums of Caesar, Augustus, Trajan, Vespasian and Nerva.

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    Yellonero
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    5 Jul 04, 2012

    It's an oft-repeated cliché that Rome is an open air museum and nowhere is it truer than when strolling down Via dei Fori Imperiali, the large avenue that runs from the Colosseum to the Piazza Venezia. On the north side of the street, you have the Forum of Trajan; on the south, the Forum of Augustus, the Basilica of Maxentius and Santa Francesca Romana. Personally, I consider Via dei Fori Imperiali the very heart of historic Rome.

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    Rodolfo T
    5 Nov 04, 2013

    If you come to Rome you must visit the Roman Forum!

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    Giovanni R
    5 Aug 15, 2013
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    Marcello Francese
    5 Jun 22, 2013
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    5 Jun 01, 2013
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    paolo fatone
    5 May 13, 2013

    Great Experience with ItalyXP.com

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    mcmac
    5 Dec 15, 2012

    the heart of the empire is here

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    Diptiman Karmakar
    5 Dec 05, 2012
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    5 May 08, 2012
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    5 Mar 04, 2012
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    5 Sep 29, 2011
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    5 Sep 13, 2011
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    5 Jun 26, 2012
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    5 May 25, 2012
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    5 Jul 09, 2014
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Originally built during the dictatorship of Benito Mussolini, the Via dei Fori Imperiali is one of modern Rome's main roads. On its way from the Piazza Venezia to the Colosseum, it passes by (and over) a number of sites from Roman antiquity, including the forums of Trajan, Augustus and Nerva. The road was controversial when it was built, and remains so today, for its construction obliterated or ... read more
altered several ancient sites, paving over acres of important archaeological remains and destroying a number of churches, not to mention the hundreds of people it displaced. However, it does provide a convenient path through some of the most heavily trafficked areas in the city, so you might use it as you walk or drive through the metropolis.

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