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“Temple of Hercules Victor”
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Tempio di Vesta
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Private Colosseum and Roman Forum Tour with Hotel pick-up
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Owner description: This circular temple located near the Tiber River is one of the first examples of marble architecture in Rome.
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“Temple of Hercules Victor”
Reviewed November 20, 2012

This attraction is not know as the Temple of Vesta, but the Temple of Hercules Victor (Tempio di Ercole Vincitore), located in the Forum Boarium, near to Piazza Bocca della Verita. As you're in the area waiting in line to take a picture with the famous "Mouth", take some minutes to visit this ancient and small temple, dating from 2nd century BC (the earliest surviving marble building in Rome).

Visited November 2012
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“A beautiful Republican-era Temple in the Forum Boarium”
Reviewed October 23, 2012

This beautiful, circular temple is actually dedicated to the god Hercules (properly, Hercules Victor), not the goddess of Vesta, but was mistakenly called the temple of Vesta for many years. Built in the 2nd century B.C.E., it is based on a greek design, and you can see the difference in size and design between it and the later, grander monuments of the Roman and Imperial Fora. This graceful temple is one of the oldest buildings in the Eternal City. The Forum Boarium in which it stands was the cattle market of ancient Rome, and includes the lovely Temple of Portunus. Nearby is the interesting Arch of Janus and the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, which contains the famous "Mouth of Truth" immortalized in Roman Holiday (the church is also definitely worthy of a visit!)

Visited March 2012
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“Often overlooked, but definitely worth a visit”
Reviewed June 16, 2011

After viewing what little remains of the ancient Roman Forum, you may find it a relief and a delight to come here--just a short distance from the Circus Maximus--and walk around not just one, but two of the best-preserved ancient temples in Rome. The mis-named "Temple of Vesta" is almost entirely intact, largely because it was adapted to be a Christian church for several centuries (like the "Temple of Manly Fortune" beside it). It's free and lovely, what with its gently-curving, almost feminine structure. If you have some spare time and energy after viewing the Forum, stroll over to it and enjoy it. Bonus: the Chiesa di Santa Maria in Cosmedin is across the street, so you can go see that too.

Visited May 2011
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