Places to stay near Roman Forum
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Our next visit was to Roman Forum: Visiting this place was like stepping two millenniums back in time. The place is so ancient. The fallen columns, the remains of the walls and arches remind you of the city’s splendor and grandeur. Indeed Rome was not built in a day.
Here you walk through the centuries old temples, triumphal arches, so just forget yourself by walking through the narrow paths inside. I was surrounded by works from different centuries and I would just stop in front of each of them and felt that I have time traveled into that era. The ruins range from BC 500 to AD 400. As you walk up the Palatine hill you will get amazing views of the low lying ruins. At top of the hill there is a museum as well to dive deep into the history. As you come out of the roman forum after being overwhelmed with history, there stands another historical masterpiece - The Colosseum.
After I visited Colosseum, the Roman Ruins was next on my list. It was around 2 p.m. when I entered the ruins of imperial Rome. If a glimpse of the ruins fascinated you, it was nothing compared to when you actually enter the ruined imperial Roman town to sight see. A google search will tell you that the ruins amidst the Piazza Venezia and mount of Campidoglio was a business centre of ancient Rome. It was where the royals resided amidst the Farnese gardens that spanned acres, priest quarters, churches, vineyards and small villages.
After that we entered the heart of the ancient city of Rome – The Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum. It felt like someone had put us in a time machine and transported us 2000 years back. We were surrounded by arches, ruins of basilicas, temples and other buildings of the capital of the Roman Empire. Another thing which stuck us was that the ruins were spread over a huge area and took us a lot more time to cover than we had thought.
If History fascinates you, the Roman Forum is where you should be. What was once the hub of public life in Rome, the Roman Forum is now a cluster of ruins spread across an extensive area. This is where grand temples once stood and still do in bits and pieces, where the most prolific of speeches were made (Mark Antony's speech from Julius Caesar by Shakespeare), where a thriving market place drew people from all over town and where tombs now lie. The Temple of Saturn which was also once a treasury, the Rostrum or the public forum where Mark Antony displayed his oratory skills, The Temple of Julius Caesar which was built on the site of his cremation, the Arco Di Tito which reminds one of the Arc De Triomphe in Paris and eerily resembles the Arch of Constantine and the Lapis Niger which is supposed to be the tomb of Romulus, the founder of Rome are all sites that must not be missed. Getting There: The Roman Forum is a short walk from the Colosseo metro station which is on Line B of the Rome metro system and the tickets for the train which runs every few minutes come for 1.5 Euros. They can be bought from the several machines or the ticketing counters at the station. Make sure you have a map of the otherwise complicated underground transport system which runs from 5:30 am to 11:30 pm with you and watch out for the pickpockets. The tickets for Colosseum include the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill and will cost you 12 Euros. It is advisable to buy the tickets from the Palatine Hill (Palatino) entrance because you will find no queues unlike the ticket counters at Colosseum and Roman Forum. See the Palatino first, followed by the Roman Forum and save Colosseum for the end.
The Roman Forum (Forum Romanum) was the central area of the city around which ancient Rome developed. Here was where commerce, business, prostitution, cult and the administration of justice took place. .
Located in the small valley between the Palatine and Capitoline Hills, stands a structure of great historical importance called the Forum. Originally a marketplace, this site was then used for elections, criminal trials and gladiatorial matches. Many of the oldest and most important structures of the ancient city were located here and hence proved to be an excellent excavation ground. Many temples and shrines were based here. The Senate and the Republic government began on the same grounds. You can see the ruins of Basilica Julia which was built by Julius Caesar some 130 years ago. Within Roman Forum, three out of the forty triumphal arches are still holding on to their roots. These are Arch of Titus, Arch of Septimius Severus, and the foundations of the arches of Augustus. The survival of these arches has inspired many Roman rulers to erect their own arches. The first recorded Roman triumphal arches were set up at the time of the Roman Republic. One must see these arches for their intricate carvings and sculpted aids. You can discover the Etruscan monarchy, law and order in Republican Rome. Just 40 m away is Palatine Hill, where according to Roman mythology, was the location of the cave, known as the Lupercal, where Romulus and Remus were found by the she-wolf that kept them alive. It is also the center most of the Seven Hills of Rome. In its time, the Hill was also the site of the festival of the Lupercalia.