The Roman Forum and The Palatine Hill, Rome, Italy

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Across the Colosseum is another Rome’s important archaeological site, Fori (The Forum) or most commonly known as The Roman Forum.

Walking around the Roman Forum provides an over-all grasp of what once a very important plaza, which for centuries was the heart and soul of ancient Rome public life, the very center of their judicial, political and social existence.
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The remaining bricks, walls and columns at the Roman Forum symbolizes the vast ancient empire, where the Fori was a significant location of important daily activities whether hearing public speeches, discussing politics or just visiting shops and taverns.
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The ruins of the Roman Forum can be easily explore and its over-all size with a combined visit to Palatine Hill will take no more than half a day, however it doesn’t mean that one should just settle for the panoramic view of the Roman Forum main square but spending a bit more time seeing the details of the remaining ruins is a must, for most of these structures were built in BC era and to have at least portion of it still standing to date is fascination as it is.
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Some of the ruins worth noting are:
The Temple of Vespasian and Titus honoring the Flavian Dynasty- Emperor Vespasian, Titus and Domitian.
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The white marble Arch of Septimius Severus welcoming visitors coming from the Colosseum entrance.
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The distinguished circular hearth at the bottom of the Temple of Vesta.
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The green door of the Temple of Romulus which serve as the entrance of Church of Saints Cosma and Damiano to date.
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Among all the ruins the Temple of Saturn is my favorite, for this is how I envision Rome- built with Corinthian order and front portico.
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Up above the Roman Forum located 40 meters height is The Palatine or Palatine Hills, the centermost of Seven Hills of Rome and believed to be the where Rome originated, whether backup by archaeological discovery or based on the mythology of Remus and Romulus.
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Currently used as a open-air museum to give way to visitors to explore the ruins on their own, The Palatine is a vast complex which is often quiet and uncrowded.
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There is a romantic appeal to the Palatine Hill maybe because of the Farnese gardens or the red brick ruins.
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