Of all the monuments the Forum is probably the onw which most illustrates the way the city functioned. A combination of temples, victory arches and administrative buildings it is where the people would come into contact.
It is where the army would parade the spoils of victory - and the vanquished opponents, where the Senate would meet, where Rome would worship. The Temple and House of Vesta are on the site and sitting between the Colosseum and the original Capitol Hill on the Imperial Way - where you can view statues to the Emporors - it fuses Rome's very being.
You can see the place where Ceasars body was cremated - whether you believe the folklore that his ashes are housed in the golden orb atop the obelisk in St Peters Sq thats up to you!
The ground isnt even so comfortableshows with good grip are helpful. Also take advantage of the combined ticket for the Forum/Colosseum/Palatine Hill - which you can use over 2 days avoiding having to rush your visit.
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