"Fori Imperiali di Roma (Imperial Fora of Rome/ Roman Imperial Forums)" submitted by RomeTour Editorial Team and last updated on Wednesday 11th May 2011
Construction of Imperial Fora continued for a period of a century and a half, beginning from Julius Caesar and finishing with Traian. With the birth of Roman Empire the old Roman Forum revealed to be too little and not appropriate for the ever-increasing population of Rome and its new role as the capital of nearly all the know world of the epoch. The treasures brought here from other countries and the best architects were involved in creation of this huge monumental area between the Roman Forum and the lower slopes of the Quirinal and Viminal, compound of five Fora: Forum of Caesar (commercial center), Forum of Augustus (religious and moral center), Forum of Vespasian (cultural center with libraries and museums), Forum of Nerva (connecting Forum of Augustus and Forum of Vespasian), Forum of Traian (political and commercial center). All the Fora were connected and the whole area was arranged according to a definite plan. In this political- administrative and commercial center of the city was concentrated the wealth from all over the world in form of precious marbles and bronzes, works of art and books containing entire knowledge of that era. During the Middle Ages and the Renaissance the Fora were pillaged for their building material and robbed of their marbles and bronzes, and the are was covered by the new constructions.
The set of these archeological areas constitute an organic complex from the city-planning viewpoint that has been renamed “Imperial Fora” in the modern times and extends from the Capitol to the Quirinal Hill. Between 1924 and 1932 the Imperial Fora were brought to light when the buildings in the area were demolished for the realization of Via dei Fori Imperiali. At present, only one-fifth of the Imperial Fora is visible and the traffic along busy Via dei Fori Imperiali continues to damage the ancient monuments.
The new project started in 1999 to celebrate the new millennium of the archaeological area of Rome, near the Colosseum, under the patronage of the Municipality of Rome and its mayor, sponsored by Canon and Microsoft Italy. CAPITOLIUM.ORG, an official source of live information on the archaeological site of the Imperial Forums. Day by day, on-line visitors can follow the development of the work which is being carried out by top-level scholars of Roman antiquity. Here, you can find the technical details of the works and of the finds, the history of the age of Emperors, slices of life of ancient Romans, live and library images. Thanks to virtual reality, you can perceive how the present archaeological area looked like at the time.
Fori Imperiali di Roma (Imperial Fora of Rome/ Roman Imperial Forums)
Via dei Fori Imperiali
00186, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Campitelli (Foro Romano- Campidoglio-P.Venezia) (Roma centro)
Fori Imperiali di Roma (Imperial Fora of Rome/ Roman Imperial Forums) is Shown By "Map E Zone" As "133"
Bus: H - 40 - 60 - 64 - 70 - 117 - 170/ 60 - 75 - 85 - 87 - 117 - 175 - 186 - 810 - 850
Underground Metro: Metro B Fermata Colosseo
Hours: The Imperial Fora are not open to the public. They are currently open only during special events.
Admission and Ticketing: The area of the Roman Fora can be seen for free from Via dei Fori Imperiali. To visit Trajan's Markets and Forum you must purchase a ticket at the Imperial Fora Museum ticket office.