The Forum Romanum – more commonly known as the Roman Forum, is the site of the government of Ancient Rome. Along with the Colosseum, it’s one of the most visited attractions in Italy’s capital.
Exploring the Roman Forum
The Roman Forum lies to the west of the Colosseum, and was originally an area of marshland. Drained by the Romans, it slowly developed into a busy area that became the centre of government activity in the Empire. The Forum wasn’t specifically built for this purpose, but instead gradually evolved to its central position.
In addition to political activity, the Roman Forum was a hub for market traders and social activity. Today, visitors can explore this large area of ruins, which includes the remains of the Arch of Titus, the Temple of Vesta and the Temple of Saturn. For a better appreciation of the Forum Romanum, read up on its history before you visit to supplement the details provided by informational signs.
Sights near the Forum Romanum
The Forum covers a significant area of land, and can easily take up a whole morning’s worth of exploration in Rome. But there’s much to see nearby too. The Colosseum and its neighbour, the Arch of Constantine, are a short walk away. And at the top of Palatine Hill – one of Rome’s famous seven hills – visitors can enjoy a wonderful view above the ruins of the ancient Forum.