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Tour the Ancient Roman Forum! It’s History Made Fun!

The Roman Forum appeals to different people for different reasons. History buffs will get goose bumps as we sit in the shadow of the Treasury that Caesar looted to finance his civil war against his ex-colleague Pompey. Language enthusiasts will laugh as they discover that Forum in Latin originally meant “farmers market.” Forum would only be associated with government and oratory much later, once the rural farmers market transformed into a bustling downtown.

Those with a passion for archeology will be amazed that the Forum once stewed under 40 feet of debris. In fact, prints from the 1600s and 1700s capture what the Forum looked like when it was still buried. (As you can see in the print here!) Meanwhile, architects will love discussing imperial Roman workforces, town planning, and the evolution of building materials and techniques. Kids (and adult kids!) will giggle as we stop to play tropas, an ancient Roman version of pitching pennies, at a nearly 2000-year-old graffiti scratched into the stairs of the ancient Roman Courthouse.  (That’s what going on in the action shot lower down.)

tour ancient roman forum thanks to Daniella and old prints

The Roman Forum: Over 1000 Years of Ancient Urban Planning

Ancient and imperial Romans used the space they called the Forum for over 1000 years. Clearly, it developed and changed over those centuries. But let’s put that time-span into prospective by comparing it to the US Declaration of Independence. It has barely celebrated its 240th birthday, and that’s old by US standards! Now think of ancient Roman Forum with four times that amount of history, retrojected 2000 years into the past! When you think about it like that, of course the Forum is a challenge! It forces us to imagine an enormous length of time and myriad developments. And that’s why a tour with Daniella is so useful.

tour the ancient roman forum and play ancient games on the steps of the courthouse

Practical Advice about a Tour of the Roman Forum and Other Ancient Sites

For some visitors, the Forum and Colosseum make up the perfect half-day (about four hours). Others enjoy an “archeological full immersion” and opt for a short full-day (about 7 hours) in order to visit the Forum, the Colosseum, and the Palatine.  Of course, the Forum can also be paired up with Rome’s Underground attractions (like the nearby San Clemente or the tiny Nymphaeum), or other sights in town. For a review of my Forum tour, please click here!

Entrance fees: there are different types of tickets for the Roman Forum and their cost changes according to their offer.  Tickets are on sale at Coop Culture’s website, which unfortunately is somewhat difficult to decipher.

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