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Grimsby, England, United Kingdom
July 5, 2012
From journal Rome pt.2
Moscow, Moskva, Russia
July 20, 2010
From journal Rome is the 3rd Most Visited City in the EU
Perth, Scotland, United Kingdom
December 5, 2009
From journal Rome the Eternal
Litchfield County, Connecticut
February 26, 2009
From journal The Glory of Italy
Cary, North Carolina
July 1, 2004
From journal We Who Love Rome Salute You!
October 30, 2004
Onto the Basilica of Constantine and Maxientius, which had been the largest building in the Forum and is still an impressive building to this day. It was used as a business centre for the administration of local justice, and its dimensions were 330 x 215 feet, and over 120 feet high. Apparently, the original gilded tiles of this building were used to cover the roof of the old St Peter’s. Standing at the foot of the remaining arches, you can feel what an impressive building this would have been.
A short walk away, and we are standing at the Arch of Titus. The structure still shows good evidence of the fine engraving, depicting the expulsion of the Jews from Jerusalem and the triumphant Titus. There’s a delicate chain stretched across the entrance, and I was very tempted to step over it to get a better photograph from the inside. I’m pleased that I didn’t, as we were later told that the last person to strut through this archway was Hitler. As a mark of respect to Jews worldwide, it has been decreed by the Italian authorities that nobody will ever again pass through the arch.
Whilst studying the Arch, we were offered a free guide to the Forum. I would highly recommend this to you – there’s no catch, and the guides are all very knowledgeable. You will see the Temple of the Vestal Virgins, The Temple of Romulus, Emperor Hadrian’s Temple of Venus and the mighty Temple of Antonius and Faustina (built in 141 AD to celebrate the life of Emperor Pius and his wife). The ruins of the platform, used for the public oratories, will be pointed out to you and, with due reverence, you’ll be able to visit the temple of Julius Caesar, built on the very spot where the body of this mighty emperor was cremated.
Marvel at the magnificent Arch of Septimus Severus, and contemplate what this site was like before it was fully excavated (the road was just below the top of the central arch and, in the Middle Ages, a barber had set up shop in this "shelter").
Ruins can be confusing, but with a good guide, they will come alive again for you.
From journal Roaming in Rome
by Mary Louisa
May 21, 2001
From journal Four Days in Rome
March 27, 2001
The Roman Forum is situated adjacent to the Roman Colosseum, and in contrast to popular belief, the best position to view the whole area is actually through one of the windows on the higher planes of the Colosseum!
I found this out when I was seated high up on the Colosseum. Looking out, I caught sight of the Forum a distance off, and it was magical. Imagine looking at the Forum while sitting in the Colosseum... wow! Beat that! Check out one of my pictures below! Even Lonely Planet missed this little great detail!
One has to pay a fee to get into the Forum, and I actually gave that a miss. Because the view from the outside is sufficient, unless you plan on scientifically analysing the soil around the area!
Instead, after the Colosseum view, I thought it wise to climb all the way up Piazza Venezia (at the end of Via Del Colosseo). The first time I got there, I stopped climbing the stairs after I got to the flame and the 2 navy guards. But the second climb was worth every step I made!True to my expectation, the view of both the Forum and the Colosseum was PERFECT from the peak of Piaza Venezia.
Do it, and write me an email from Rome to thank me that you did!
From journal When in Rome, do as you please!
heber ctity, Utah
August 14, 2007
From journal City of Thieves
New Delhi, India
September 4, 2006
We walked from the Colosseum, past the intricately carved Arch of Constantine, up the hill to the Forum Romanum. The entrance to the Forum is yet another arch- the Arch of Titus, not quite as ornate as that of Constantine, but richly carved nevertheless. The Arch of Titus stands more or less at the top of a low hill, and the path beyond it dips into a shallow, wide bowl across which spreads the Forum. The path is dusty, stony in places, and bordered by trees and shrubs. When we arrived, in the late afternoon, a few crows were hopping about among fallen blocks of marble. Atop some of the columns sat roosting gulls.
Paths lead here and there, off to the left and the right, to each of the monuments in the Forum. We checked out some of them, reading diligently from our guidebook (you’ll need one, unless you’re part of a guided tour- there are no signs to say what the ruins are, or how they’re significant). The best-preserved of the monuments is the imposing Temple of Antoninus and Faustina, a huge building with massive columns; it dominates the right side of the Forum as you walk away from the Arch of Titus. Next to the Temple is another interesting temple, this one dedicated to one of the two legendary founders of Rome: the Temple of Romulus. It’s an unusual round building. Further on, to the left stand three slender columns- all that remains of what was once the Temple of Vesta. A sacred fire used to be kept burning here in ancient Rome by the Vestal Virgins, the much respected maiden priestesses of the goddess Vesta. Similar to the Temple of Vesta is another set of white marble columns- not quite so elegant, but again on the left. These are the ruins of the Temple of Castor and Pollux, and opposite the temple is an opening into the Cloaca Maxima, the largest sewer in Rome. Beyond the temple, also on the left, are the broad steps of the Basilica of Julius Caesar, a temple built by Augustus Caesar to honour Julius.
Climbing up a slope, we came to the other end of the Forum Romanum- past the ruined Temple of Saturn, and up to the stunningly ornate and well-preserved Arch of Septimus Severus. Our walk through the Forum took us a leisurely hour, and by the end of it, we were truly impressed. This, like the Colosseum, is something that has to be experienced to be believed.
From journal The Pagan Pleasures of Rome