Mercati di Traiano (Trajan's Market) - Imperial Forum Museum (Museo dei Fori Imperiali)

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Imperial Forum Museum (Museo dei Fori Imperiali), rome, italy

Mercati di Traiano (Trajan's Market) is part of the Forum of Traian was also projected by A.of Damascus, as a complex of nearly 150 individual shops. Here all the goods exported from other regions of Roman empire were brought and sold. The market was erected in the end of the 1st century A.D. - 117 A.D. The six storeyed construction is subdivided in two by a street Via Biberatica. The entrance is through a rectangular hall of two storeys, with six shops on each floor. Here the marble fragments from the forums of Traian and of Augustus are now exhibited, including columns, capitals, relieves, decorations and friezes.

Mercati di Traiano (Trajan's Market), rome
A series of rooms at the end display lions' head waterspouts, fragments of colossal statues, a capital from the Temple of Mars Ultor, decorated with winged horses, amphorae, and two heads of Jupiter from the Forum of Augustus. Beyond the hall is the large semicircle of three superimposed rows of shops, built on the slopes of the Quirinal Hill. The entrance to the Markets of Traian is in Via IV Novembre.

The Imperial Forum Museum (Museo dei Fori Imperiali) is one of Rome's best. Started by Caesar and completed by Trajan, the Imperial Forums and markets of Trajan were the new center of the Roman Empire. The Museo dei Fori Imperiali located in Mercati di Traiano is topographically and conceptually linked to the greater urban system of the Imperial Forums, that of Caesar (46 B.C.), Augustus (2 B.C.), Templum Pacis, (75 A.D.), Nerva (97 A.D.) and Trajan (112 and 113 A.D.). Before you head down through the labyrinthine passages, you might like to climb the Tower of the Milizie, a 12th-century structure that was part of the medieval headquarters of the Knights of Rhodes. The view from the top (if it's open) is well worth the climb.
Imperial Forum Museum (Museo dei Fori Imperiali), Rome
Dedicated to ancient architecture, the museum is the first of its kind. With a reversibility theme in mind, on show are displays of original fragments of decorative features and sculpture, which were found in the Forums. Fragments have been recomposed and integrated with newly cut stone. Exhibits give back to us a “perception” of the quality and wealth of the Forum’s figurative subject matter, which worked as an imperial propaganda vehicle.

Opened in the Autumn of 2007, the Museum is sited in the Great Hall and Central Block of the Mercati di Traiano, which includes the Great Hemicycle section of his Forum. Displays use a mixture of traditional boards and multimedia panels and visitors start their tour in the Great Hall with an introduction to the Forum area and a presentation of each Forum based on the most important finds discovered within it. On the upper level are pieces from Caesar’s Forum and “Memory of the Antiquity”. In the Central Block are pieces from Augustus’s Forum, which was the model forum used in the Roman Provinces.
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Built at the same time as Trajan’s Forum, the monumental complex dominated by Mercati di Traiano, which as “rediscovered” from 1926 to 1934, was a multifunctional public work with administrative functions for the Forum. Although rebuilt and transformed over time, it was originally composed of units on six different levels which run in a Great Hemicycle along the base of the Quirinal Hill side. From 2005-2007, the site has been the subject of cutting edge structural and protective restoration. The Museo dei Fori Imperiali houses also temporary exhibitions.

Practical Information:

Mercati di Traiano (Trajan's Market) - Imperial Forum Museum (Museo dei Fori Imperiali)
Via 4 Novembre, 94
00187, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Trevi (Quirinale-Tritone-Barberini) (Roma centro)
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Tuesday-Sunday: 9.00 am - 7.00 pm; December 24 and 31: 9.00 am - 2.00 pm (last admission 1 hour before closing time). Closed: Monday, December 25, January 1, May 1. Last admission 1/2 hour before closing time.

Getting Mercati di Traiano - Imperial Forum Museum (Museo dei Fori Imperiali):

The entrance to the archeological site known as Trajan's Market and Imperial Forum Museum is located at Via IV Novembre 94. The ruins are visible from Via dei Fori Imperiali, at the opposite end from the Colosseum. Numerous city buses stop along Via IV Novembre and Via dei Fori Imperiali. The nearest B line metro stop is Colosseo; the nearest A line stop is Repubblica. Both are a 10-minute walk from the monument.

Admission and ticketing:

Regular tickets - Adults: € 8,50, Concessions: € 6,50,
Roman Citizens only (by showing a vaild ID):€ 7,50 Adults, € 5,50 Concessions
PLEASE NOTE: fees refer to the ordinary price of the museum; during cultural events and exhibitions, the price of tickets may vary. Some temporary exhibitions and/or cultural events may require an additional fee, even for visitors entitled to free admission. Always check, at the time of your visit, the fee of the museum you wish to visit on its official website (Check below).
Booking fees: groups (min 12 - max 30 people) € 25.00 - Free booking and guided tours for schools. Booking required on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays, tel. +39 060608, daily from 9.00 am to 9.00 pm.
Roma Pass: the Museum is included in the Roma Pass. For further information, Visit:
Telephone booking:
Groups: Min. 12 and max 30 people per group: tel. +39 060608, daily from 9.00 am to 9.00 pm. Additional cost for reservation € 25,00. Booking required on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays.
Schools: Tel. +39 06 42888888 Monday-Friday from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm, Saturday from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm. With the booking, it is possible to skip the line by going directly to the ticket office.
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