The Roman Forum is located between the Palatine Hill and the Capitoline Hill of the city of Rome, Italy. Citizens of the ancient city referred to the location as the "Forum Magnum" or just the "Forum". It is part of the centralised area around which the ancient Roman civilization developed.
The oldest and most important structures of the ancient city were located in or near the Forum. These include its ancient former royal residency the Regia as well as the surrounding complex of the Vestal Virgins, both of which were rebuilt after the rise of imperial Rome. The kingdom's earliest shrines and temples were located on the forum's western edge. These shrines developed into the Republic's formal Comitium, where the Senate, as well as Republican government began. The Senate House, government offices, Tribunals, religious monuments, memorials and statues cluttered the area. Over time the archaic Comitium would be replaced by the larger Forum, moving government to the Basilica Aemilia. 80 years later the Basilica Julia would be built along with the new Curia Julia moving both the judicial offices and the senate itself. The Forum would serve as the new city square where the people of Rome could gather for political, judicial and religious ritual in greater number. The Forum became the economic hub of the city, as well as the center of the Kingdom, Republic and Empire.
Eventually all economic and judicial business would transfer away from the Forum to larger and more extravagant structures. After the building of Trajan's forum, economic and judicial activity transferred to the Basilica Ulpia. Shortly before the empire split in two, Constantine built the Basilica of Maxentius with the last major expansion of the Forum. This returned the political center to the forum before the fall of the Western Roman Empire.
Featured in Ubisoft's video game Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood. The oldest part of the city of Rome, the Forum was the center of Roman public life for several hundred years from 7th Century BC.
"SALVE CICERO" just wondering if you ever stand in this spot I'm sitting right now :-) CIAO MONDO
Download the free podcast by Rick Steves for a great guided tour of this impressive site.
Maybe the most moving place on earth. It is not what you see, but what you can imagine.Via dei Fori Imperiali
After its period of glory, the Forum was relentlessly attacked for centuries by barbarians, after which it was gradually dismantled by anyone - from popes to paupers - who needed building materials.
Here Marc Anthony delivered his famous eulogy, which was immortalized centuries later by William Shakespeare
I recommend going to on a walk around the south side of the Comune di Roma for a breathe-taking view of the Forum
Angelino ai Fori restaraunt opposite the Forum is where you can get the best Irish coffee outside of Ireland
the archaeological site of the Imperial Forums, one of the largest areas in the world where digging, research and studies are still under way.
Buy ticket here! You can use it 2 days and avoid Colosseum queue - this tickets allows you to go there!