Foro di Traiano
Foro di Traiano
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Neighborhood: Centro
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  • Fori Imperiali-Colosseo • 9 min walk
  • Colosseo • 9 min walk

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majesty318
Rahway, NJ1,768 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I read bad reviews of this site saying you see more from outside. While I don't agree with that statement, I definitely think the 14 euro price tag is too high.

I had a really hard time finding the entrance (as I did with tons of things in Rome). Basically if the part of the forum you can see (the large semicircle) is on your right, turn onto the side street, go up the stairs, and the entrance will be on your right before the next big intersection. When you enter, you are in a museum - I hate museums and was wondering if I had totally misunderstood what I was in for - but follow all the way to the back and you will find stairs down to the ruins.

They need more signage, more explanations, maybe an audio guide? Most of the time you really don't know what you are seeing other than the 2 sentences on the sign. Lots of empty rooms in the actual market (the semicircle) - maybe would be better to put some of the artifacts from the museum there, so we can see them in situ and improve the experience.

I am glad I went but really do not think it should be as expensive as it is.
Written March 9, 2020
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JB Travel
Columbus, OH133 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
Trajan's Forum or Foro di Traiano, was the last of the Imperial fora to be constructed in ancient Rome. There was so much to see and so many pictures to take. I’ve said this before and I will say this again, everything in Rome is beautiful. There’s so much history and the architecture is stunning.
Written February 8, 2020
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Foodie_CST🍽🇷🇴
Kolios, Greece5,151 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Family
We saw it in our first night in Rome on our way to the Colosseum. Located near Trajan's Column, this Roman Forum looks very impressive. Many columns are still standing and overall it looks very nice together with Trajan's Column. I would say it's a must visit attraction in Rome.
Written June 3, 2019
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Alessandro F
Milan, Italy31,906 contributions
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Nov 2019 • Solo
This enormous forum was the last of the Imperial Fora to be constructed on ancient Rome, the architect Apollodorus of Damasco oversaw it construction between the start in 106 AD until the end in 112 AD.
Trajan was emperor from 98 AD to 117 AD.
Written November 21, 2019
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom10,826 contributions
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Jun 2022
This is one of the 5 Imperial Forums built between 46 BC and 113 AD. It was the largest and the last - an ambitious project built by the emperor Trajan between AD 107-112AD and funded by the spoils of his successful conquest of Dacia (modern Romania).
You can see most of Trajan’s Forum for free from the public pavement. Good information boards are set up along the roadside and really helped us to understand what we were looking at. There’s also a separate elevated path that allows you to walk into the centre at current street level. Unless you have a very keen interest and lots of spare time then what you see from the roadside is enough for most people.
To enter the forum, tickets are sold through the Museum of Imperial Forums and give access to some parts of the marketplace.
It is worth noting that Trajan’s Forum is not included in the Colosseum/Forum ticket (this only includes the Roman Forum across the road).
To get there, we started from the Vittorio Emanuele II Monument and headed down the Via Fori Imperiali, towards the Colosseum. Trajan’s Forum was on our left and was the very first one we came to.
For the most part, what you see are chunks of columns, patches of flagstones and discarded blocks of marble and stone but there are also some fairly substantial structures here.
The main features to look out for are:
Trajan’s Column - the unmissable column, standing at 38.5m tall and towering over the forum
The Basilica Ulpia - a row of tall columns still remains today
Trajan’s Market - very impressive ruins of what was perhaps the world’s first shopping centre
Statue of Trajan - a modern statue, placed here in 1933
Originally there were also two libraries as well (one for Greek and one for Latin). Overall this forum has several imposing and impressive ruins.
Written June 14, 2022
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Love2Wander
Parry Sound, Canada958 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
Much of this area is currently under excavation, which is near to see all the numbered artifacts uncovered behind the fences from archeologists! History is literally being uncovered here! I was surprised to see how vast this forum actually is. I spent about an hour exploring it and could’ve spent more time.
Written May 26, 2019
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Zuheir Krzysztof
103 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Friends
Another one of the most famous tourist points of interest in Rome. In the springtime the weather is perfect and still there are not so many people as during the peak season.
Written April 6, 2019
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nellielim
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia4,041 contributions
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Oct 2018 • Family
Trajan's Forum was the last of the imperial forum to be built in ancient Rome. Though not much of it is left standing, it is still interesting to walk around and visualise how it must have looked in its glory days.
Written December 13, 2018
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ChiefGuru
Decatur, IN3,300 contributions
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Jun 2019
The Forum of Trajan, built ~112 A.D., was the last of the Imperial Forums built in Rome. It was constructed by Emperor Trajan, whose full name was Marcus Ulpius Traianus. The Imperial Fora are a series of five monumental pubic squares constructed in Rome over ~150 years from 46 B.C. to 113 A.D. These forums were the center of the Roman Empire. These five fora, although very near to the Roman Forum are not part of it. The first forum built was that of Julius Caesar, which is Southwest across Via dei Fori Imperiali from the Forum of Trajan, which was the last forum built. The other fora are Forum of Augustus (2 B.C.) which adjoins (Southwest) and is next to Forum of Trajan. The Forum of Nerva (or Transitional Forum) was built in 97 A.D. Is further Southeast of and abutting the Forum of Augustus as well as extending below the Forum of Caesar. The Temple of Peace (75 A.D.) was the fourth forum built. It is located Southeast of and directly next to Nerva's Forum. Based upon the location of these five Imperial Fora, you can begin to appreciate the rich historical significance of this part of ancient Rome. The Trajan Forum occupies a space between the Capital Hill and the Quirinal Hill, two of the seven hills of Rome. Aventine, Caelian, Esquiline, Palatine, and Viminal Hills are the other five. In order to built the Forum of Trajan on a flat area, the 'saddle' of ground between the Capital and Quirinal Hills had to be removed. The reason for the construction of this large public square was the conquest of Dacia (106 A.D.), located in an area near the Carpathian Mountains and west of the Black Sea, including the present-day countries of Romania & Moldova, as well as parts of Ukraine, Eastern Serbia, Northern Bulgaria, Slovakia, Hungary and Southern Poland. The 'spoils' of this military conquest was used to fund the construction. This last Forum was the biggest and greatest, measuring ~980 feet long and ~600 feet wide. On either side of the forum were markets housed within porticos. The main part of the Forum was a large open space (~300 x ~380 feet). The Forum square was closed by the Basilica Ulpia (now ruins marked by remaining colonnades), with Trajan's Column (built ~113 A.D.) at its back. In front of the basilica, a monumental façade was the background of a large, equestrian sculpture of the Emperor Trajan. Trajan's Column at ~115 feet tall is very obvious. This column actually contains a spiral staircase to the top viewing platform. The top of the column is a statue of St. Peter placed by Pope Sixtus V in ~1587. An original statue of Trajan disappeared from the top of the column in the Middle Ages. This is definitely a must see part of Rome.
Written August 30, 2019
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SuperTed19
Madison, WI742 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
It seems the Romans built one forum after another, which is great for people who love to visit them even two thousand years later!

The highlight, of course, is the tallest point. But, that’s for another review...
Written June 1, 2019
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