This ruin-studded swath of land was the very center of Roman power for centuries and the symbolic heart of the empire. Temples and court houses and administrative buildings and arches were packed into the Foro Romano, or Roman Forum. After the fall of the empire in the 5th century A.D., the area was mostly used as a quarry for marble, which is why today the patch of land is just marble stumps of its former self. A junkyard of marble. There is still plenty to see, though. Marble arches—such as the arch of Titus that commemorates the 1st century A.D. sacking of Jerusalem—as well as standing columns from various temples, create an atmospheric stroll throughout what once was the center of the known world and one of the top things to do in Rome.
- Open Hours: Monday to Sunday from 08:30 AM to 06:00 PM
Attractions & Landmarks
- Nearest Train: Colosseo