In the glory days the Roman Forum (also known as Foro Romano) was the center of Rome. It has countless temples, including the famous Temple of Caesar. And the Temple of Venus and Roma, once the largest temple of Rome.
This temple was designed by the Roman Emperor Hadrian himself. The construction started in 121 AC, but it took until 141 AC to be completed. The temple was dedicated to the goddess Venus Felix (Lucky Venus) and the goddess Roma Aeterna (Eternal Rome). Unfortunately, only the foundations and some columns remain.
Walking around the historical temples, ruins, and columns gives you a sense of what life during the Roman Empire would be like.
The book store at the entrance sells a book describing scientists’ attempts to reconstruct the many buildings of the Forum Romanum. Stroll around a bit and make sure not to miss the view over the adjacent hills.
Best time to visit the Roman Forum:
It can get crowded here. The best time is early in the morning or at sunset when most tourists are already gone.