This attraction, much like the Colosseum, is a staple on the tourist attraction list, so expect to spend about an hour or two perusing around. So be sure to buy the line-jumping passes and run to the front (ignore the dirty looks). - ANN Beautiful Italy, Forum Romano, Ancient Romans, Rome Italy, Romans Forum, Amazing Places, Roman Forum, Amazing Italy, The Roman Forum
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The Roman Forum, shown in the picture, was the center for public Roman life and a very important area for everyone during the Republic. It was the place of elections, public speeches, criminal trials, and even gladiatorial matches.
Roman Forum, The ruins from front to back are, the Arch of Septimius Severus (AD 203), the Column of Phocas (far right, AD 608), the Via Sacra (cobblestone path near steps, circa 5th century BC), the Basilica of Julia (steps, BC 54), the Temple of Castor and Pollux (3 columns, BC 484), and in the distance the ruins of the Palatine Hill (BC 510 - AD 576).