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“Could be interesting” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
Piazza Santa Maria Nova 53, 00186 Rome, Italy
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Ranked #33 of 688 Attractions in Rome
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Cultural
Activities: Walking
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The commercial, political and religious center of ancient Rome, which features the Arch of Septimus Severus, Temple of Saturn, Arch of Titus and the House of the Vestals.
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“Could be interesting”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

We didn't have a book or guide and fairly little time to explore so I'm sure one can get more from this if they put in the effort. There is a small museum which presents a different aspect of the Roman Empire from the militaristic side usually focussed on in books/tv, which was quite interesting. The ruins themselves are reasonably impressive but there is a distinct lack of information provided.

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“The Ancient Rome's center”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

The Roman Forum can be visited by buying the combo ticket with Colosseum and Palatine Hill. Even if the place is not very well preserved, you can still find some important ruins (but you must bring a guided book because there are no signs to tell you what every ruin is about). You must wear comfortable shoes as the pathways are not very smooth.

Visited November 2012
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“Magic of the Roman Empire”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

As I enter the Roman Forum just a 2 min walk from Colosseum I felt transported back to history. Its a humbling experience to walk down the awe inspiring ruins as it makes one realise that nothing is permanent in life. Even the most powerful empire lay in ruins!!
Many people avoid Roman Forum as there quite a bit walking to be done. The time required is atleast an hour and a half. Many people have an aerial view and leave. I would suggest you walk down and past the monumental remains that was once a part of glorious history. You will be touched by its sheer beauty; magnificence and architectural brilliance of what ever is left.
Hire a guide or take an audio guide.Its MAGIC!!

Visited October 2012
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“A walk through the ruins of Roman History”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

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.

Visited October 2012
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“only with guided tour”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

there are no writen signs anywhere... If you don't have guide book, ther no reasen to go.
My suggest take guided tour, or don't go

Visited November 2012
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