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“What you go to Rome for........”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Roman Forum

Roman Forum
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Jubilee 2016 From Paganism to Christianity
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Geneva, Switzerland
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“What you go to Rome for........”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2013

Our British/native tour guide Steve, ( http://www.toursbylocals.com/RomePrivateTours ) escorted us around all the sites and besides getting us onto the fast track for entrance to all the sites (avoiding the horrendous lines, even in September) gave us insightful anecdotes which really brought Rome, its emperors and history to life. Quite alot to take in all in one go and we were mentally and physically exhausted by the end of the day. But seeped in everything ancient Roman.

Visited September 2013
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“Time traveller.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2013

Every time I am in Rome, I go to see the Roman forum. Why? Because it makes me feel that I live in another era, you can almost feel the smell of old Rome. This is like an outdoor museum that has everything, there are so much interesting "stuff" to see and to learn, I always discover something new even if I have been there time and time again. Try to get there as early in the morning, because at that time there are fewer tourists, and you can have a better experience.

Visited April 2013
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“Fascinating Ruins”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2013

My wife and I enjoyed our visit to the Roman Forum. We combined this with a tour of the Colosseum, and this was a good way to spend half a day in Rome. This is a good Monday option with most museums closed. The forum's grounds are vast, but the history and views are stunning. With some much to see and take in, it would be wise to visit this area more than once. Using the Roma Pass enabled us to bypass the ticket queues for the site. In summer, make sure that you have plenty of water with you.

Visited August 2013
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“Et Tu”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2013

Because we are both fascinated by Egypt and Rome, it was only natural for us to visit the forum on our recent trip. We had walked the forum a few years ago with a tour company called, Rome Walks, and had an outstanding experience.

This time the experience was good in a slightly different way. First, a set of stairs has been built to the church that is built on part of the forum. Second, you could no longer walk out beneath the arch and instead go out through an elaborate gate mechanism to insure people pay to enter the ruins. Presume this is all part of efforts to stabilize these monuments and ruins. But instead of dwelling on what was a few years ago, the focus should be to what was during Rome's glory days - the Senate, where the great debates of the day occurred, the home of the Vestal Virgins, the place where Caesar was killed and where his funeral occurred.

Also, you look up from the pit of the forum and realize how ancient Rome was buried under dirt and rubble and later incarnations of the city were sequentially built on top of the old city. The old ornate marble was stripped off and the underlying stone work, too heavy to move, was just buried. If you take it from the perspective of conserving resources and recycling what could be saved, we find that many ancient civilizations were doing what we are trying to encourage today - reuse, repurpose, renew....

Visited October 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2013

Beat the queue to buy a ticket by walking a short way (2-3 mins) to the ticket booth for the Roman Forum. Buy the ticket here which is good for Forum and Colosseum. Choose which one you would like to visit first. The queue was enormous for the Colosseum and only about half a dozen people at the forum ticket booth.

Visited November 2013
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