On Saturday January 16th, 2016 I got to explore the greatness of the Roman Forum. Here, I was bewildered about how much I still had to see of Rome (a lot of which I didn’t know existed). This truly is the beauty of studying abroad in Rome…you can walk around for thousands of hours and still happen upon a random bit of historical beauty!
The forum is an awesome place to explore for both tourists and locals alike! The forum is a huge piece of property between the Capitoline and Palatine Hill where the main part of town was located. This area included many different inhabitants–diverse people from merchants to rulers. Some of the most special features include the actual Roman Forum (there are like 100 locations called a “roman forum” which is basically a market square) and Domitian’s Palace (featured below).
The forum was mainly important for housing the Government buildings in the ancient world. Because of the size of the land and the delicate nature of its ruins, many parts of the area are still under heave excavation. There have been significant changes to the appearance of the forum in the past 100 years. It’s remarkable to see the old and the new come together to be a significant part of our original history.
There are many sites to hit when at the form including the Arch of Titus and Arch of Septimius Severus, Atrium Vestae, and the Temple of Castor and Pollux. Do your research before going-it’s much better to come prepared so you’re not overwhelmed!
The most fabulous thing about the forum, besides its rich history, is the location. From the high points you can see stunning panoramic views of the modern city. In addition, after hitting the forum, you can walk a few blocks and find amazing cuisine and shopping.
After a long day of walking (we walked over 13,000 steps that day), my friends and I settled for some authentic Italian pizza. We each ate an entire pizza by ourselves. The best thing about Italian cuisine is that you can do that. The products used are not heavily processed and loaded with chemicals and nonsense like they are in America. Thus, one can actually inhale an entire pizza after a long day and not feel absolutely dreadful!
To end the day, we walked from downtown Rome to the outskirts of Vatican City (about a 1.5 mile walk). While there, we picked up some yummy Gelato (Pistachio for me) and ran some errands. The day was one of the best days of my life spent with amazing sites, food, and company.
I cannot wait for my next adventure!
Baci baci & Ciao mi amici