Introduction to the Forum Romanum

The Forum Romanum was the central square in ancient Rome. Its ancient history stretches from the 7th/6th century B.C. to Late Antiquity. Only starting in the 6th century A.D. did the square and the surroundings begin to fall into ruin (see...

Historical orientation

For nearly a millennium the Forum Romanum constituted the public and political center of ancient Rome. During this time, the city of Rome witnessed a turbulent history – and it is this history that has also been recorded on the Forum Romanum....

Topographical orientation

The Forum Romanum lies in the valley between two of the famous seven hills of Rome: The Capitoline Hill in the west, where the temple of the highest Roman god – Iupiter Optimus Maximus – once stood, and the Palatine Hill in the east, where...

Exploration of the Forum Romanum

In the Middle Ages, when the Forum Romanum had already lost its function as a political space, many of the buildings and monuments fell into ruin and were gradually buried beneath the ground. However, some were preserved, because they were put to a...

The present-day Forum Romanum

In modern-day Rome the Forum Romanum consists of a picturesque landscape of ruins, one of a number of different attractions that Italy's capital holds in store for tourists. One might enter the ruin site and be gripped by a feeling of awe of walking...