The first time I visited about 7 years ago, there was no charge to enter the Forum. But charge or not this is a place not to be missed. Firstly, it is very important to know a little of what you are visiting so a good guide book is indispensable. How about the eyewitness guide to Rome for starters. Why not read something of ancient Roman history before you go. Read about Romulus and Remus, about the Caesars, Julius, Augustus and Nero. Think about the intrigues, the poisonings and murders that happened around and in these ancient ruins, the place where Julius Caesar stood to address the crowds and where he was stabbed to death. The site of the Roman sennet. Go to the site of Augustus's house and look down into the great palaces and gardens where so much brutal and intriguing history happened. Gaze at the triumphal arches of Titus and Septimius Severus and read of their place in Roman history and imagine the cohorts of soldiers marching through them. Imagine the orators standing on the rostra begging the Romans to lend them their ears. Walk around the temple of Julius Caesar that marks the place of his cremation and wonder at the exploits of that great man. And after that there is still the house of the vestal virgins, the temple of Antonius and Faustina and much much more to consider. Fantastic, what a day out.
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