At the centre of the city of Rome is the Roman Forum, also known as Foro Romano. This plaza was the political heart of Rome and later it became the place where elections, triumphal processions and the Senate gathered. The Roman Forum area today consists of remains from those ancient times, such as temples and basilicas. Although the Forum looks particularly chaotic, if you have a good imagination you will be able to make Imperial Rome come back to life. This popular Rome attraction has several monuments to explore such as the three triumphal arches, the Curia Julia, the Temple of Saturn, Basilica Julia and even a monument in honor of Julius Caesar.
At some point you will have finished exploring the Roman Forum and you will want to continue someplace else. We can present two Rome attractions that are located nearby. The first is one of the great symbols of Rome – the Colosseum. Located just over 600m away, parts of this huge amphitheater have come to ruins however it is still a well-recommended place to visit. The Colosseum can become very busy with tourists therefore we recommend you get yourself skip the line tickets to this place to save you time standing in line. The Colosseum is open daily between 8:30 am and 6:15 pm.
You don’t want to book tickets in advance, but rather when you’re in town? You should know that tickets to the Colosseum also include entrance to the Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum – but don’t buy your tickets at the Colosseum as the lines are longest there, instead, go to one of the other places that are both nearby!
Discover the Roman Forum area in Rome
Another great attraction to visit that’s in the Roman Forum area can be found when you head just 300 meter north west from the Forum: the Vittoriano. This monument is mainly dubbed ‘Altar of the Fatherland’ and is situated in between the Piazza Venezia and the Capitoline Hill. It is known as one of Rome’s most striking structures with its gigantic white marble building. By climbing to the top, you will have a 360 degrees view of the city that will be imprinted in your memory for life. Believe it or not, the Vittoriano has the nickname, ‘typewriter’ and ‘wedding cake’ because of its white color and its crowded nature.
You will be happy to know that only 280m away from the Vittoriano is yet another impressive thing to see in Rome – the Trajan Forum. The Trajan Forum will make the history of the Roman Empire come alive. Explore the large complex including what remains of the Trajan Market, the libraries or the Temple of Trajan. Watch our special video guides to learn more about the Trajan Forum. And what about a visit to the nearby Capitoline Museums? You can easily fill a whole day when staying in the Roman Forum area of the Eternal City as there is plenty to see and do!