The Roman Forum is a rectangular forum surrounded by the ruins of ancient government buildings. The center of civic and economic life in Republican times, the Forum also maintained an important role during the Imperial times. Located between the small valley between the Palatine and Capitol Hills, the Forum today is a sprawling ruin of architectural fragments and intermittent archaeological excavations.
While the oldest section of the Forum (built in the Republican era) stretched from the opposite side of the valley to the edge of the Capitol Hill, the entrance near the square of the Colosseo leads to the most recently built section. On the Via Sacra, at the top of Velia, is the Arch of Titus, which the Senate built in memory of the Emperor’s quest of Jerusalem (70 A.D.)
What’s nice about my visit to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill was that the ticket comes bundled with an entrance to the Colosseum right across the street. Don’t worry about not being able to maximize the time since the ticket is good for two consecutive days. Walking up the entryway, you are greeted by remaining columns which formed part of the temple of Venus and Roma to the right.
Upon entry, it is best to explore Palatine HIll (to your left) first and proceed to the ruins of the Roman Forum as the exit can be found at the opposite end. The Palatine faces the forum and was the center of Rome in two distinct periods: that of the Roman Kings and of the Empire.
It was a leisurely walk on the hill with lush greenery and magnificent view of Rome. It was fun getting lost in the maze of the ruins of palaces and gardens. But the real treat was going through the ruins of the Roman Forum.
Travel Tales of a Yogini. Rome, Italy. 2014.