Wednesday, June 1, 2011


After taking our little power nap we decided to visit The Forum. This was one of the warmest days we had during our stay in Roma so it was quite pleasant to stroll through The Forum in the almost setting sun.

During ancient Roman times citizens refereed to this marketplace as the Forum Magnum, or simply the Forum. It was for centuries the center of Roman public life, the site of triumphal processions and elections, venue for public speeches, criminal trials, and gladiatorial matches, and nucleus of commercial affairs. Here statues and monuments commemorated the city's great men. The teeming heart of ancient Rome, it has been called the most celebrated meeting place in the world, and in all history. The Forum today is a sprawling ruin of architectural fragments and intermittent archeological excavations attracting numerous sightseers.

We were able to skip the short line and use our Roma Pass to enter the site. Although my hubby has already visited this site on his previous family trips he still came along with me. I tried to imagine what this site would have looked like with all the buildings intact and with all the hustle and bustle of a normal busy day while the Roman empire was alive and well.

Below is a rendering of what the Forum might have looked like.


Below are some shots I took while strolling through the Forum.

We ended up skipping out on going to dinner as we had leftovers in our mini fridge from the day before. We again finished off our evening with some people watching and a snack at the American Bar on the rooftop of our hotel.

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