Is a rectangular square, surrounded by important ancient architectural ruins located in the heart of Rome city. Over the past centuries, Foro Romano and Palatino has been associated with many important events, public speeches, military processions, criminal trials, matches, markets,... held here. Let's join a private tour in Rome with MBS87 to explore this ancient relic.
A brief history of Foro Romano and Palatino
Located in the valley between the Palatino and Capitolinus hills, Foro Romano is currently a diverse ruin consisting of many discrete architectural elements that are being gradually excavated. Currently, each year, Foro Romano attracts more than 4 million visitors. This is a favorite tourist destination of many visitors on their coach hire Rome or coach rental Italy trip.
Many long-standing and important works to Rome in particular and the world in general were built in many areas of the ancient city of Rome. Some were built in Foro Romano, some were built nearby.
After the rise of the Roman Empire (around the VIII - VII centuries BC), those works were built, including: the ancient royal palace, Regia, Vesta temple, Vesta nun complex, ... Other ancient temples in the northwest were also built around that time, such as the Umbilicus Urbis and the Vulcan Shrine, which developed into the official hall of the Roman Republic. This is where the Senate, as well as the government of the Republic, began.
As time passed, the ancient hall was replaced by the adjacent and larger Construction Site. About 130 years later, Julius Caesar built the Basilica Giulia, along with the new Curia Giulia, re-establishing the Senate and the judiciary. Foro Romano served as the city's central square, where the people of Rome could assemble for commercial, political, judicial and religious purposes.
A tour of Foro Romano and Palatino Hill
First, the most interesting features of Foro Romano are the front pillars of the Temple of Saturn and the large marble Septimius Severus gate, built in 203 to celebrate the Emperor's victory against the Parthians. Next are the Gate of Titus (built in the 1st century), the Temple of Vest and the church of Luca Santi e Martina (both built in the 7th century).
Besides these outstanding sites, there are hundreds of monuments scattered around Foro Romano, also bearing the beauties of history and era, such as: the marble-colored mosaic floors inside the Curia Julia, the debate building of the Senate,...
The decline of the Roman Empire in 176 AD also caused the decline of Foro Romano. Currently, most of the monuments have been repaired and preserved important relic complexes, carrying on the knowledge and culture of people over the past centuries.
Foro Romano is only open from 8.30a.m. to 6 p.m. most days in the summer and until 1pm on Sundays. In the summer, when you come here, you should equip yourself with sunscreen and apply adequate sunscreen; to be able to comfortably experience every aspect of history without worrying about the weather.
After visiting Foro Romano, take the bus service in Italy to walk around the Palatino hill with MBS87. Don't miss this great place! Palatino Hill is said to be the birthplace of history's greatest Roman empire.
The remaining ruins of palaces, remote mansions, colorful royal gardens,... Palatino is one of the 7 famous hills that create Rome, where the god Romulus created Rome - a place where the most powerful people of the ancient elite lived.
Emperor Augustus was born on Palatino Hill in 63 BC. The frescoes in Augustus's house and Livia's house (Augustus's wife's house) are some of the most beautiful and extremely carefully preserved works of ancient art in Rome.
Temple of Apollo
Legend has it that there was once a huge temple dedicated to the god Apollo. During the construction of the Augustus mansion, a bolt of lightning struck directly inside the house. Augustus saw this as an omen from the gods and decided to build the Apollo Palatini temple with a sparkling facade. Currently, almost nothing remains of this relic.
Europe's first royal garden
Europe's first royal gardens were built on Palatino Hill. The wealthy cardinal, Alessandro Farnese bought part of the Palatino in 1550 and converted part of the ruins of the Roman palace into a summer house. He then built a number of beautiful botanical gardens.
This 16th-century botanical garden is built on the ruins of the 1st-century Palace of Tiberius. Currently, the gardens have fallen into disrepair. However, some places can still welcome tourists to understand more about ancient cultural characteristics.
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