People say there are more things to see and visit in Rome than in any other city in the world. But if we could choose just one thing to visit in Rome it would undoubtedly be its historic center.
Rome is History. Founded over 2,000 years ago, the city was the capital of one of the largest empires in the world and the cultural center of Europe for centuries. Today, you can still feel this and much more while walking past the ancient ruins in Rome’s historic center. Despite the constant invasions and earthquakes that the city suffered throughout the years, many traces remain today to tell the (hi)story of Rome.
Make sure to visit the Forum and Markets of Trajan, the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill.
FORUM AND MARKETS OF TRAJAN
Conquering Dacia (currently Romania) was Emperor Trajan’s greatest military feat. To celebrate it, he ordered the construction of one of the largest and most grandiose markets in Ancient Rome! In total, the market housed some 150 stores, two libraries, a basilica, a temple, a sculpture of Trajan on his horse and a triumph arch. Currently, what remains is mostly ruins and traces of this incredible place. But the Column of Trajan, which tells the story of the war on Dacia, has survived intact!
The Colosseum is undoubtedly the greatest prodigy of the Roman civilization. Today, you can visit the largest amphitheater in ancient times. Learn more about our visit to the Colosseum here.
After visiting the Colosseum, cross Via Sacra and pass by the Arch of Titus to find the entrance to the Roman Forum. It was here that all civil and economic life concentrated in Ancient Rome. Even though it’s not as well preserved as the Colosseum or the Pantheon, a visit to the Roman Forum is a must – after all, it was here that Rome began its empire! Let your imagination guide you through the ruins to reconstruct the courts, temples and public spaces of Ancient Rome.
Near the Roman Forum, Palatine Hill is another of the fascinating sites that has survived in Rome since ancient times. It was here that emperors and governors would build their luxury homes. The greenery here is magnificent, with a fantastic view over the Roman Forum and the Circus Maximus, the famous arena that was able to host some 200,000 spectators. We let ourselves get lost among the majestic ruins of Domus Augustana (the home of Emperor Augustus), Domus Flavia (considered Rome’s most beautiful imperial palace) and the Baths of Septimius Severus, imagining what it would be like to live here in Ancient Rome.
For €12, you can purchase a ticket that is valid for two days and will give you access to the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. EU residents aged between 18 and 25 years old pay €7 and children under 17 can visit for free. Opening hours change throughout the year so visit this website for up-to-date information.
To visit the Forum and Markets of Trajan, you have to purchase a separate ticket that costs €14 for adults and €12 for children and young people aged between 6 and 25 years old (entrance is free for all children under 6). The Forum and Markets are open to visitors between 9:30am and 7:30pm every day. For more information, visit the official website.