The Roman Forum: The Beating Heart Of The Empire

Rome, Italy

Benedetta Geddo

Stops

12

Stories

64

Distance

1.8km

Duration

1h20min

Audio

Human Voice

Description

The Romans called it Forum Magnum, the Great Forum, with good reason, since it was the center of all political, juridical, religious and economic activity. Some of the greatest events in the history of Ancient Rome took place among the buildings we’ll encounter on our tour, as we set out on a stirring journey straight to the heart of Ancient Rome.

Highlights

  • The Temple of Saturn

    1. The Temple of Saturn

    The worship of god Saturn was central in ancient Rome. You see, the Romans loved being lush and this was the god of wealth and plenty. During the Saturnalia, some strange things happened in the city...
  • The House of the Vestals

    2. The House of the Vestals

    The Vestals were priestesses who had dedicated their life to Vesta. They enjoyed great privileges but there were certain rules they had to comply with. In case of wrongful act, death was their punishment.
  • The Temple of Venus and Roma

    3. The Temple of Venus and Roma

    It seems that constructing a temple of dual worship was somehow challenging for Emperor Hadrian. When he asked the renowned architect Apollodorus to give his opinion something terrible happened.

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Benedetta Geddo

Just your local Italian millennial twentysomething, with a journalism degree and an overflowing love for art, travelling and Korean pop music. I write about all those things from Italy where I'm currently based, after having lived in France, Ireland, Poland and the United States.
Find me on Instagram at @beegeddo
Freelance Travel News Reporter @ Lonely Planet News
Author @ Bossy Italy

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Contributors

Clio Muse

Details

Address On Via dei Fori Imperiali in Largo della Salara Vecchia 6
Starting point Entrance on Via dei Fori Imperiali
Finishing point Inside the archaeological site
Areas Basilica Aemilia, Comitium and Curia, Arch of Septimius Severus, Temple of Saturn, Main Square, Via Sacra, Temple of Caesar, House of the Vestals, Basilica of Maxentius, Arch of Titus, Temple of Venus and Rome
Opening hours 8.30-16.30 (January 2 through February 15) 8.30-17.00 (February 16 through March 15) 8.30-17.30 (March 15 through the last Saturday of the month) 8.30-19.15 (Last Sunday in March through 31 August) 8.30-19.00 (September 1 to September 30) 8.30-18.30 (October 1 to last Saturday of the month) 8.30-16.30 (Last Sunday in October through December 31)
Additional admission Ticket: 14 euro
Comments Directions to starting point The metro station “Colosseo” of Line B is only a few steps away. There are also several bus lines, that will bring you very close to the Forum, including the lines 51, 85, 75, 85, 87, 117 and 18 with bus stops in the Via dei Fori Imperiali and the lines 40, 60, 80, 780, 781 and 916 which have bus stops at Piazza Venezia.

Why take a self-guided tour?

This is a self-guided tour based on the award-winning storytelling concept developed by Clio Muse and the fascinating narratives prepared by our handpicked destination experts.

You can enjoy each multilingual tour by using your smartphone or tablet at your own pace even if you are offline. The interactive map on your screen will guide you step-by-step as you explore all points of interest along your route. Each stop comes with a selection of our signature stories allowing you to tailor the tour experience to your personal interests and schedule.

After downloading Clio Muse app, you can access this tour and activate it any moment you wish and also repeat it any time. To best enjoy our multimedia self-guided tour (comprising maps, video, audio and text) we recommend the use of headphones.

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