"Via dei Fori Imperiali & Imperial Forums" Trajan & Imperial Forums Tip by mindcrime
Trajan & Imperial Forums, Rome: 76 reviews and 143 photos
If you visit the Roman Forum or the general Imperial Fora you will walk on via dei Fori Imperiali that was built in 1932 by Mussolini. It?s a 6 lane highway that connects Colosseum and Capitol with long side pavements that are usually full of tourists that want to visit the area. It looks much better when they stop traffic and it?s car free like on Sundays (pic 1). We stopped many times to check the numerous statues along the way (pic 2)
The Imperial forums were very important spots for the ancient Rome as they were the public square (fora in Italian) where politics/economy was running. Of course at the first this was taking place inside the Forum but when the lawers become too many the emperors started to built new forum, some of them added some arches and Vespasian added a stadium (ehm, sorry I meant the Colosseum) for sport events like lion hunting :) We didn?t spend much time on them because most of them are in the guide books but there?s no much to see when there.
Forum of Caesar was inaugurated in 56BC, you can see a small part of it as big part of it is under via dei Fori Imperiali. Temple of Venus is still visible though(ok, 3 columns of it) from via dei Fori Imperiali.
Forum of Augustus was inaugurated in 2BC, the most important building was the temple of Mars Ultor. Many centuries later (at 1200) the Knights of Rhodes used the ruins of temple to build their palaces! That?s why we can only see 4 columns left from the temple.
Forum of Vespasian was inaugurated in 75AD. Nothing left to see today, the most important structure was the temple of Peace, that?s why may refer to the forum as the Forum of Peace.
Forum of Nerva was started to built by Domitian but completed by Nerva. Again, we cant really see much of it as via dei Fori Imperiali cuts over it.
Finally Forum of Trajan (pic 3). It was built in 113AD, and it is obviously the largest and best preserved among the others. You can visit the site and see (including a museum) some of the structures and buildings like the Trajans Column (38metres high, made by greek marble) and imagine the area that was full of shops and offices. It is open daily 9.00-19.00 (closed on Mondays), the entrance fee is ?11 (entrance from Via IV Novembre 94)
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