There are very few places in the world that will take you on a fascinating journey through time and inspire you with awe just by being there. The Roman Forum is one of those places. Whether they are a history buff or want to understand the fuss, it is a must for anyone who comes to Rome.
The Roman Forum was the place where religious life and public life in ancient Rome met, and the many buildings that have been preserved in it symbolize the splendor and splendor of that fascinating period.
The Forum is between two hills – Palatine Hill and Capitoline Hill. You can enter through one of four entrances, then follow the main road, passing between the primary and essential sites, including basilicas, temples, and tombs.
What is there to see in the Roman Forum?
Each gate in the Forum symbolizes an essential piece of history, so make sure to accompany it with a professional guide or at least with Google open. Below are some of the most important and beautiful sites in the Roman Forum:
- Titus Gate – this was dedicated to the emperor Titus for his victory over Jerusalem after the Great Revolt.
- It was designed to enhance the myth of combat and glorify the capabilities of the Roman army.
- Via Sacra (The Sacred Way) – the road through the Forum, which was the main road of ancient Rome, Surrounded by buildings and was the busiest street in the world!
- Coria Hostilia – the building that exists today, is a restored building from the time of Mussolini (who carried out extensive restoration and preservation works during his reign) and served as a church and the seat of the Roman Senate.
- The Temple of Julius Caesar – what remains of the massive structure erected over the tomb of Julius Caesar are only a few stones, but this is still one of the most critical points in the Forum.
- Temple of Venus and Rome – built for The goddess of the city, Venus, the goddess of beauty and love (Aphrodite), and the grandmother of Remus and Romulus, the founders of Rome. This is the largest during the Roman period.
What is essential to know?
Get an entrance ticket to the Roman Forum or a “Roma Pass” card from Israel and thus save yourself the queues at the website ticket office (don’t forget to print them before arrival!). In the summer season, an advance ticket can save you a lot but be mindful that the Forum is one of the most popular sites in the world, and the queues for it can be hours long. If you plan to visit the Colosseum, purchase a combined ticket to save costs.
Visitors are recommended to take a guided tour to benefit from in-depth explanations while at the location. If you want to do an independent tour, you can use a particular app with illustrations and a map of the area, so you don’t miss the fascinating historical sites.
The tour of the Roman Forum takes about two and a half hours, so stock up on water and something small to eat. If you come in the summer, don’t forget a hat and sun protection factor.