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Roman Forum, Rome
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L.go Salara Vecchia
00186 Rome
Italy
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Roman Forum

 

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The archaeological site known as the Roman Forum (Foro Romano in Italian) was the heart and soul of ancient Rome. Basilicas, temples, comitium, curia, tabularium, regia and rostra not to mention markets and numerous arches were all located here. And it was crawling with people every day of the week. Sound fascinating? Caution is warranted. There's so much to see it's easy for small eyes to grow weary. Engage the kids and extend your visit. As you tour the ruins of the Roman Forum help the kids imagine life in ancient Rome. Hold court at the Comitium and decide the life of everyday citizens. Attend a Senate meeting in the Curia and contemplate the function of the towering roof in a time without microphones. Make a speech from the Rostra, the tribune built by Julius Caesar. Lead a procession on Via Sacra but only if 5000 or more enemy soldiers were killed in your last battle. When you're done head to the Tabularium and pretend to examine the state archives. And if you're feeling really energetic write out questions three or four and hold a treasure hunt in the sprawling remains. Touring the Roman Forum with kids in tow can be lots of fun and create great memories too.
Getting There
 
The address of the Forum is Via dei Fori Imperiali but the entrances (2) are located at L.go Salara Vecchia and Via di S. Gregoria, 30. City buses 60, 75, 84, 85, 87, 117, 175, 186, 271, 571, 810 and 850 all stop nearby. Metro line B stops at Piazza Colosseo a short walk away. A tour of the Forum is easily combined with other Rome monuments and museums and it is an easy walk from Trajan's Market, Piazza Venezia, Capitoline Museums and, of course, the Roman Colosseum.
Hours & Times
 
The Roman Forum is open daily 8:30 to one hour before sunset (16:30 in winter, 19:15 in summer). The Forum is closed January 1 and December 25. Of note, the last entrance is one hour before the close.
Admission & Fees
 
Tickets to the Roman Forum can be purchased at the monument, Palatine Hill and Roman Colosseum ticket booths, or online for an additional charge. The entrance fee is €9 (€2 supplement for exhibits) for adults, €4.5 (€2 supplement for exhibits) for EU students aged 18-24 and free of charge for EU children (under 18) and seniors (over 65). Tourist Cards, valid for 3 days, offer discounted admission (entrance to the first 2 is free) to a variety of Rome monuments, museums and events and entitle holders to ride free on public transport. Roma Pass is €20; Roma & Più Pass costs €25. A supplement may be charged for exhibits.
Things to Keep in Mind
 
The Roman Forum is outdoors in its entirety. Allow 2 - 3 hours for any Forum tour.
 
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A must see for teens, tough going with young children

Submitted on 26 July 2008 by snowedunder from Monza, Italy
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The Roman Forum is a must see with teens but it can be tough going with tykes and even elementary-age children. The ruins are extensive; it takes 2 hours to tour the Roman Forum. Much of it is missing, leaving a great deal for young children to suppose. The importance of the forum is hard to grasp without a knowledge of history. The key to making a trip with young children successful is to keep it short and make it fun. Have tykes search for shapes, such as rectangles and cylinders. Help them hop from block to block. Parade down the main street. Research the forum in advanc e and feed elementary school children with child-sized bites of information. Talk about what you see and what's missing. Imagine life in Ancient Rome and life as an emperor.
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