Roman Forum (Foro Romano)

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Price & Hours

12 euros (about $15) for adults; 7.50 euros (about $9) for kids
8:30 a.m.-one hour before sunset daily

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1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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Not as popular as the Colosseum (but located nearby), some say the Roman Forum is more interesting. The Roman Forum comprises much of the Ancient Rome's most important structures, from shrines to government houses to monuments. Although much of the complex is in ruins, you can see the remains and imagine the former glory of the Arch of Septimius Severus, the Temple of Saturn, the Arch of Titus and the House of the Vestal Virgins, among other structures.

Recent travelers called a visit to the Roman Forum a "must," but they do advise future visitors to rent or stream an audio guide or hire a local guide (according to reviewers is little written on the informational plaques). Past visitors also suggest allotting plenty of time to see the ruins and wearing weather-appropriate attire (there is little to no shade at the site).  

The Roman Forum, Palatine Hill and the Colosseum have separate ticket entrances, but all three sites can be accessed via one admission ticket. Tickets cost 12 euros (less than $15) for adults and 7.50 euros (or about $9.30) for kids. The tickets grants you access to all three sites; you can walk around each freely. Tickets are valid for two consecutive days and good for one entrance to the Colosseum and one entrance to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Access to all three sites is free the first Sunday of the month (though you'll contend with swells of crowds). If you purchased a Roma Pass, your admission fee is covered. The Forum is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to an hour before sunset. The closest metro station is Colosseo on the blue line B. To purchase your ticket online in advance, visit this website.

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#1 Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi)

A must-see on many travelers' itineraries, the Trevi Fountain is situated amongst a high concentration of hotels, shopping and nightlife. Finished in the mid-1700s, the Trevi is a powerful example of a baroque design with a distinctly mythological character. The god of the sea, Oceanus, emerges from the pool, flanked by his trusty Tritons. The fountain underwent an extensive, mutlimillion euro restoration and reopened in its full splendor in November 2015.

According to Roman lore, throwing one, two or three coins into the Trevi, with your right hand over your left shoulder ensures you'll return to Rome; you'll fall in love with an attractive Roman; and you'll marry that same Roman.

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