Seeing Rome’s famous Colosseum (recap here) is one of the top things to do when visiting Italy’s capital. Right outside the Colosseum’s walls you will find the Arc of Constantine which leads to Rome’s ancient city center. Visiting the ancient Roman forum and Palatine Hill includes countless ruins of basilicas, temples, Government buildings and public structures; some dating 7 BC. Here was the epicenter for the Roman people. Citizens would vote, listen to speeches, watch criminal trials and would even shop in the common marketplace in the Roman Forum. The ruins at the Roman Forum seem to go on and on and can be a bit overwhelming. This is one place that I highly recommend having a travel book with you to explain/break down each ruin. Without the guide many of the sites will just seem like a pile of rubble, although many of ruins are recognizable structures. Right next to the Roman Forum is Palatine Hill. Palatine Hill was the location of the emperors palaces overlooking the city. Here you can wander around the gardens and arch walkways and imagine how the rules of Rome lived in ancient times.
This place is truly magical and a must see when visiting Rome. If you purchase tickets to the Colosseum, entrance into the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill are included in the same ticket. There are a few ways to enter the Roman Forum (with security points) I read a few suggestions on which entrances were shortest, however it was not the case when we visited. I recommend walking around to see which entrance is shortest or if you are on the second or third level of the Colosseum look out of the Roman Forum to see which line is shortest. 🙂
Checkout some snapshots of our visit to the Roman Forum below. Enjoy!
Wanting more Italy? Check out some of our time in Venice – here (more coming soon), visit to the islands of Burano – here and Murano – here, Climbing Florence’s Duomo- here, Tuscany’s Vignamaggio Winery- here, Tuscany’s Montefollonico, Tuscany’s Montalcino, Rosewood’s Castiglion del Bosco, Tour of the Vatican with Walks of Italy – here, Food Tour in Trastevere Rome With Eating Europe- here, the best way to see the Colosseum in Rome – here, Roaming the hidden gem of Aqueduct Park in Rome – here, a quick trip to the island of Capri- here; a Rainy Day in Positano – here , Exploring the Lost City of Pompeii – here, Sunsets at Ponte Vecchio- here, Our relaxing time in Sorrento- here , How to Conquer Venice’s St. Mark’s Square , Visiting The David at Galleria dell Academia and The Steep Tuscan Town of Montepulciano (here).