Imperial Fora, Rome

Imperial Fora, Rome (must see)

For lovers of Latin history and culture, the Imperial Fora – center of politics, religion and economy of the ancient Roman Empire – is just the right place to visit. This site comprises a number of monumental squares built in Rome over the course of one and half centuries, between 46 BC and 113 AD. The first square is the one created as an extension to the Roman Forum under Julius Caesar and features the Temple of Venus. It was a popular public square and, just before Caesar’s murder, the Senate had agreed to move here. The second square, featuring the temple of Mars the Avenger, was built under Emperor Augustus. According to a myth, the city of Rome was born, through Romulus, by the will of god Mars.

The biggest and greatest of all the monumental public squares was that of Trajan, built in 112 AD to commemorate the Roman victory over the Dacians. This is where the Basilica Ulpia was erected and also the large Temple of Trajan, built after the Roman emperor’s death.

During the 1930s, Mussolini restored the Imperial Fora in an effort to evoke and emulate the past glories of Ancient Rome. He also built Via dei Fori Imperiali which crosses through the site, supposedly in a bid to make the Colosseum visible from his office window.

Why You Should Visit:
Lined with remnants of the once magnificent ancient buildings, the last few years the avenue has been made traffic-free, so walking on it, with just a little imagination, will give one a pretty good sense of Ancient Rome's grandeur and magnitude.

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Imperial Fora on Map

Sight Name: Imperial Fora
Sight Location: Rome, Italy
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: City Orientation Walk I   Ancient Rome around Colosseum  

Walking Tours in Rome, Italy

Create Your Own Walk in Rome

Create Your Own Walk in Rome

Creating your own self-guided walk in Rome is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Spanish Steps to Trevi Fountain

Spanish Steps to Trevi Fountain

An established tourist mecca, today's Rome is hardly imaginable without two of its much loved attractions – the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain. Magnets for tourists as they are, these two sights are surrounded with a number of other, not less worthy of attention locations, such as the Fountain of the Longboat, Keats-Shelley Memorial House, Piazza Colonna and its centerpiece, the...  view more

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Holy Sites Walking Tour

Holy Sites Walking Tour

Being the cradle of the Catholic Church, one of the world's biggest religions, Rome has a large number of valuable, sacred places of worship. Crowded with architectural splendors from different periods of time, each church and basilica represents a significant part of Rome's culture and history. Take this self-guided walking tour to discover Rome's magnificent religious heritage.

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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.9 Km or 4.3 Miles
Sightseeing Walking Tour in EUR

Sightseeing Walking Tour in EUR

Esposizione Universale Roma (EUR) is a suburban area in Rome established in 1942, it was designed to host an exhibition which didn't take place due to World War II. EUR is popular for the period architecture of Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana. The area also contains some very important landmarks of history and culture, including Museo della Civiltà Romana, Pigorini Museo Nazionale...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 Km or 2.2 Miles
City Orientation Walk II

City Orientation Walk II

The historic center of Rome is packed with numerous landmarks and genuine works of art, to see all of which may take days if not weeks. This Rome Orientation Walk Part II highlights some of the key sights emerged during the Renaissance and Baroque periods, comprising some truly magnificent marvels of architecture. Among the featured landmarks here are the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon, Piazza...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 Km or 2.7 Miles
City Orientation Walk I

City Orientation Walk I

Legend has it that Rome was founded in 753 BC by twin brothers Romulus and Remus who were raised by a she-wolf. However, the pair argued about who had the support of the gods, and Romulus ended up killing Remus in a fight on what became Palatine Hill. Thus, Romulus named the city after himself and declared himself as king.

In a slightly less glorious account, Rome actually began as an Iron Age...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 Km or 2.9 Miles
Ancient Rome around Colosseum

Ancient Rome around Colosseum

Undoubtedly, Rome's ancient past has been the main Roman attraction for centuries, drawing millions of tourists to the Eternal City each year. The Colosseum and the surrounding sights, like the Arch of Constantine, Palatine Hill, Imperial Fora, Roman Forum and other monuments – or rather what's left of them now – are the stately reminders of what was once the center of one of the...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles

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