"The skeleton of the Roman Forum" Roman Forum Tip by Jenniflower
Roman Forum, Rome: 244 reviews and 478 photos
In the Forum, much of the once elegant and tall architecture is now reduced to rubble and ruin.Thankfully however, there are still glimpses of what once was here and there. There is alot to see here.
We were sitting in the shade, near what we learnt was Caesar's altar, out of the blinding sun, and this lady came to sit next to us. She asked where we were form and we said 'South Africa' etc... and returned the question. She said she was a true Roman. We thought she was kidding, just having a laugh (wouldn't she be an Italian?). She spoke quite disparagingly about all the tourists that were there in the forum, assuring us that we werent like them, we were deeper individuals... we spoke of the significance of the ruins and what it says of humankind. She was right re the fact that many people walk around and (through ignorance and lack of research prior to coming here), don't know what they are looking at. In a forum where things are not sign posted and labelled, unless you have done some homework, you will not know what is what. She said people came along just to say they had been, that they were shallow and fickle.
Quite a deep discussion for a hot sweaty day, especially when trying to be diplomatic to her and tourists alike. Bitterness gets one no-where though, and it's a pity that the furrows in her brow will only increase with age.
No matter what people might think of tourists in an area, they are the people who are ensuring that the buildings are maintained and looked after through the income thta is generated through their visits.
Address: Via dei Fori Imperiali
Directions: Between the Colosseum and Piazza Venezia
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