The Forum Romanum is one of the most popular attractions in Rome. Being the political, economic and religious centre of the Old Roman Empire, this square was one of the most documented and vivid places of it’s time. Although this square is pretty much a jumble of ruins now, It’s a must-see when you visit the city.
The construction of the Forum began in 700BC – the first dated documentation of the Forum – and kept on being reconstructed throughout the years. Every Roman Emperor wanted his own version of the square, so a lot of buildings were replaced or reconstructed regularly.
Some of the structures have survived to this day because they were converted to churches throughout the years, such as the ‘Curia Julia’ & the ‘Temple of Antoninus & Faustina’. But, let us be honest, they have lost a lot of their former glory. Other structures were almost completely destroyed by raids during the Fall of the Western Roman Empire, or demolished for recycling purposes.
To me, the Forum Romanum is as close as you’ll get to see and feel the legacy of the Old Roman Empire. The structures still have their genuine antique character and it’s pretty cool to see how everyday life was back then.