Marisa Ficorella, Archaeologist and Qualified Guide

Ancient Rome was not only the Colosseum!

Few steps from the amphitheater, you can admire remains of shrines and plazas built by Roman Emperors between the I BC and the II AD.

This complex (called Imperial Fora) can be seen on both sides of the modern Via dei Fori Imperiali, the road created by Mussolini in the 1932's to host military parades.

He ordered the demolition of ruins, houses and historical palaces of the area: this “crime” has divided for good in two the complex Roman Forum / Imperial Fora. Using books and reconstructions, we'll stare at the remains of the Temple of Venus (Caesar), the Temple of Mars (Augustus) and the Basilica Ulpia of Trajan.

We'll talk about the Column, an incredible work of art and an important document for the Roman history:190 meters of marble frieze, describing episodes from the Dacian Wars (101–102 and 105–106 AD).

After we'll visit the Markets of Trajan, built by the architect Apollodoros to be probably a public office more than a covered market: this site hosts the Museum of Imperial Fora, a little but well managed site with interesting architectural models and original decorative elements from the Fora.

Finally...you'll never forget the view from the terrace :)


TIPS for a perfect visit:
- Please pay attention to your personal belongings
- Wear comfortably shoes: the streets in Rome are paved with cobblestones

8. Walking with the Emperors: Markets of Trajan and the Imperial Fora

Imperial Fora (from outside) and the Markets of Trajan

3 hours  
(timing may change depending from your interest and pace)

150€
(price per group not per person)

14€ - admission tickets for the Markets of Trajan (not included)

RAIN POLICY: This tour is provided even in case of rain. We'll use umbrellas and raincoats. Tour is partially outdoor. 

At the Colosseum subway exit.  

Details will be provided at the moment of the booking.