Once the centre of public and political life in Ancient Rome, the Forum is now the most impressive archaeological site in the Eternal City, attracting more than 4.5 million visitors every year. Located close to the Colosseum and Palatine Hill in the historic centre of Rome, the Forum is a sprawling labyrinth of ancient ruins, including the Temple of Saturn, the Arch of Titus and the House of the Vestals.
The Palatine Hill and Capitoline Hill both offer spectacular views of the Roman Forum, but to truly appreciate and understand the Forum, you have to visit the archaeological site and walk among the ruins. It’s only when you’re walking in the footsteps of the Ancient Romans along the Via Sacra that you begin to get a sense of the Forum’s importance. You’re standing in the very centre of the ancient city, surrounded by the remains of famous temples and political buildings. The people of Rome witnessed the funeral of Julius Caesar here, along with the execution of Cicero and countless triumphal processions.
A visit to the Roman Forum offers a unique insight into the lives, politics and beliefs of the Ancient Romans. After the Colosseum, make sure you take a walk through this magnificent archaeological park, in the shadow of imperial ruins.