"An Introduction to the Roman Forum" Roman Forum Tip by jungles
Roman Forum, Rome: 242 reviews and 468 photos
The Roman Forum is nothing less than the heart of the ancient Roman Empire. A vast meeting place, all the most important political, business, religious, and social events of ancient Rome happened right here. It contains such magnificent monuments as the Temple of Saturn, the cremation pyre of Julius Caesar, the Arch of Titus, the House of the Vestal Virgins, and the Curia. Surprisingly, many visitors to Rome know nothing of the forum when they arrive, and sadly there is very little in the way of signage to enlighten them once they find it. This is quite possibly the most poorly signed major historical sight in the world, and trying to find your way around with a guidebook can be quite confusing. Hopefully my tips on the individual buildings will help you navigate the forum without too much difficulty. Another great option is to go on a free tour. If you see someone talking loudly and saying 'free tour' alot, don't hesitate to join in. For more info see my Tourist Trap tip.
UCLA has created a very interesting website where you can view reconstructions of all the different buildings in the forum (see link below). If you click on the 'object movie,' it will bring up a 3D reconstruction of the building, which you can tilt and turn to view at any angle you want.
Entry to the forum is free and it is open daily (except on public holidays or when the staff are on strike)
Phone: (+39) 06 39967700
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