Rome, Italy

 

The original heart of Rome was the Foro Romano or the Roman Forum. Originally a low-lying swamp, it was drained by the city sewers and then built upon, creating the cradle of the early Roman Republic and the hub of the ancient world. It requires quite a bit of imagination to visualize the past glory of this area, now a site of crumbling arches, non-too-stable columns that have been re-erected and a clutter of ancient masonry buildings and structures. All that’s left of the resplendent temples, administrative buildings, markets and law courts. It may mean little to you if you’ve either forgotten on never studied ancient history but it is fascinating nevertheless, especially for historians and archaeology buffs. By the Middle Ages, the Roman Empire had long fallen, Rome had lost all its grandeur and frequent flooding from the nearby river had buried most of the forum. The former hub of the ancient world became nothing more than a field on which cattle grazed among pieces of broken stonework. It wasn’t until the 19th century that interest in the Foro Romano awakened and excavation of the ruins began. Today you can walk in the footsteps of the Caesars.

Italy Fontana di Trevi Isola tiberina Madonna di Loreto
Piazza Venezia  Via del Corso  Vittorio Emanuele, monument  Vittorio Emanuele, sculpture
Piazza Campidoglio, Palazzo Senatorio Piazza del Popolo Piazza del Popolo Piazza del Popolo
Piazza del Popolo Piazza Navona Piazza Navona
Castel San Angelo Castel San Angelo Ponte Cavour Palazzo Giustizia
Santa Maria Italy Vatikan  Palazzo Montecitorio
Scalinata Trinita dei Monti Constantin Constantin Arco di Constantino
Mercati Traianei Mercati Colosseo Colosseum
Colosseo Roma Colosseum, Rome, Italy Colosseum Colosseo
Forum Romanum  Forum, Rome  Forum Romanum picture  Romean ruins 
Rome, Forum  roman ruins Rome  Italy  old Rome, Trajan Forum 
Tito arch  area sacra  ruins Rome  Augustus 
Augustus  Teatro Marcello  Circo Massimo  Palatin 
old Rome  stadion  Roman ruins  Bocca della verita