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Mercati di Traiano - Museo dei Fori Imperiali

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Address: Via Quattro Novembre 94, 00187 Rome, Italy
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+39 06 0608
09:30 - 18:30
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 18:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Markets of Trajan are an archaeological complex of uniqueness in Rome,...

The Markets of Trajan are an archaeological complex of uniqueness in Rome, perhaps even worldwide. They represent an area that has experienced the evolution of the city from the imperial age to today; an area that has been constantly recycled and transformed. The markets once the strategic administrative centre of the Imperial Forums, successively became a noble residence, a military fortress, a prestigious convent and a barracks... a continuous evolution.

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I have not visited the museum, but the forum itself, as well as the Trajan's Market, is impressive outside. It is very well seen from the terrace of the Altare della Patria.

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I have not visited the museum, but the forum itself, as well as the Trajan's Market, is impressive outside. It is very well seen from the terrace of the Altare della Patria.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum is not yet on the list of friends' top places to visit when in Rome, which I find frustrating as it was one of the most significant sites for us. It's position perched above the forum means that you gain an understanding of the area and its history that you otherwise wouldn't (forum historical presentation is charmingly haphazard... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 March 2017

Ideal place to understand how the Imperial adora were organised in Ancient Rome. Start from here, prior to visiting the other Fora. Do take the time to listen to / read the detailed explanations.

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Reviewed 20 March 2017

We echo what other reviewers have said about this splendid Museum and yes the modern horse sculptures were magnificent, but the exhibition ended on March 19th 2017. (The artist Gustavo Aceves, can be found on You Tube speaking about why he made them). Tip: Bear in mind that although there is a lift from the entrance area to the upper... More 

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Reviewed 19 March 2017

For paying 11.5 euros each you see inside a shell of a building with parts of the building (marble) which had fallen, this is all ok but not worth the entrance fee. we have seen free museums with more interesting artifacts. you can see most of this building and the forum grounds from the perimeter road/path for nothing. Save your... More 

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Reviewed 6 March 2017

Architectural museum and access to more of the ancient areas than you can see from the street. Diagrams and labels (in english, italian and more) offer explanations of the broader forum and various areas... Enlightening to understand that the city was more than just the one historic area that everyone visits. For anyone who wants to see more of the... More 

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Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

This is an extraordinary complex which is beautifully laid out and explained. It sits to the right as you face Trajan's column and was part of Trajan's forum and because it was so useful has survived in relatively good condition for 2000 years. It really makes sense even without the excellent ipad guide. You make your way through streets and... More 

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Reviewed 8 February 2017

The Mercati di Traiano, which is the Italian for Trajan's Market, was built in 100-110 AD by Apollodorus of Damascus, the favorite Architect of Emperor Trajan. For a long time this five-storey marketplace was believed to be the world's first and oldest shopping mall. Popular thinking now suggests that it may have been the administrative offices for the Emperor. It... More 

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Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

While the building is amazing to contemplate and admire for its architecture and condition, it needs more in the way of explanation--ie a better glimpse into the commercial and business activities that took place there. Still, if you have an hour or so to kill near the forum and don't mind shelling out a few euros to admire some terrific... More 

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Reviewed 26 January 2017

The old market is so beautiful, and the temporary expedition in the museum was nice. Be prepared for many cats when you go to the ground floor

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