One of the most breathtaking and unique places I’ve visited in my lifetime is the Roman Forum.
The Roman Forum is a rectangular forum (or piazza, as the Italians/Romans would call it) surrounded by the ruins of some very important and utterly amazing ancient buildings in the heart of modern day Rome.
I accessed the Roman Forum on the same day I visited the Colosseum, which I went on a small, private tour of 3 people with. Our tour guide was unbelievably knowledgable having been a history teacher for many years prior to her current career. She was also very passionate about ancient history which had me enthralled in the stories she was sharing!
After visiting the Colosseum and walking throughout it, we headed out towards the Roman Forum. I don’t remember every single ruin we encountered, but highlights included:
- The Arch of Titus, constructed in 82AD
- The Temple of Saturn, constructed in 497BC
- The Basilica Porcia: Rome’s very first and oldest Basilica that was built
- The Temple of Caesar, constructed in 42BC
Just being in the Roman Forum felt like I had taken a step back in time. It was absolutely surreal being able to walk on original cobblestones from the Roman Empire times and witness buildings, structures (and original marble taken from Egypt!) that were thousands of years old with my very own eyes.
If you’re planning a trip to Europe anytime soon, be sure to include the Roman Forum on the list!