Trajan’s Market & Imperial Forums Museum, Rome
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Via IV Novembre, 94
00187 Rome
Italy
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+39 06 0608
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Trajan's Market, Rome

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Trajan's Market and the Imperial Forums may be lesser known than the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill yet this ancient ruin is second to none. It's a living model of life in Ancient Rome. It tells 2,000 years of Rome's history. Much of it is still standing. It's easy to comprehend. The Imperial Forum Museum (Museo dei Fori Imperiali) is one of Rome's best. Started by Caesar and completed by Trajan, the Imperial Forums and markets of Trajan were the new center of the Roman Empire. The structures were bolder and flashier than previous buildings. They were built with wealth accumulated from wars. They conveyed the unquestioned authority of the Roman Emperors. The ruins consist of five monumental arcaded squares or foro - Forum of Caesar, Forum of Augustus, Temple of Peace, Forum of Nerva and Forum of Trajan - and an age-old shopping center. Trajan's Market, Mercati di Traiano in Italian, is notable for several reasons. It was built to hold up Quirinal hill. It linked the forums to the Subura or residential areas. This six story edifice built in 110 AD has been recycled and altered many times over the centuries. First an administrative center and complex of shops, Trajan's Market has been used as a fortress, convent, barracks and noble residence.
Getting There
 
The entrance to the archeological site known as Trajan's Market and Imperial Forum Museum is located at Via IV Novembre 94. The ruins are visible from Via dei Fori Imperiali, at the opposite end from the Colosseum. Numerous city buses stop along Via IV Novembre and Via dei Fori Imperiali. The nearest B line metro stop is Colosseo; the nearest A line stop is Repubblica. Both are a 10-minute walk from the monument.
Hours & Times
 
The museum and ruins are open Tuesday through Sunday 9:00 - 19:00. The attraction closes at 14:00 on December 24 and 31 and is closed January 1, May 1, and December 25. Of note, the ticket office closes one hour before the attraction.
Admission & Fees
 
Tickets to Trajan's Market and Imperial Forum Museum can be purchased at the monument or online for an additional charge. The entrance fee is €6.5 for adults, €4.5 for students aged 18-24, and free of charge for children under 18 and seniors over 65. Special events are charged separately. 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 €25; Roma & Più Pass costs €30.
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Allow 2 hours for this attraction.
 
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Submitted on 08 March 2010 by snowedunder from Monza, Italy
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Trajan's Market and the Imperial Forums have been open to the public since 2007 yet this Rome attraction is overlooked by guidebooks. And even more surprisingly, there are few traveler reviews of this splendid archaeological site. That's a shame. It's one of the top attractions in Rome. Not just for adults. The museum and ruins are a hit with children. My 11-year-old daughter would return here again willingly. She doesn't have the same enthusiasm for the Roman Forum (exhausting) nor the Capitoline Museum (too much of the good thing). The ruins are small, compact and easy to comprehend. The museum is excellent.
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