Guided Tour of Imperial Fora

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Technical organization Associazione Culturale l'Oleandro
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Discover Rome's famous Imperial Fora – with your private, expert guide. Your three hour itinerary will take you deeper into Rome's fascinating imperial past. Your private guided tour takes you through the monumental complex, dedicated to Mars Ultor in commemoration of Augustus's victory over his adoptive father Julius Caesar's murderers, Brutus and Cassius, at the Battle of Philippi in 42 BC.

Throughout the tour, you will be guided by an expert in History or Art History, Archeology or Architecture, who will help you discover the riches of the Imperial Fora.

  • Tour in English or French, German, Spanish, Portuguese  – with many other languages available upon request
  • Tour departs from the Imperial Fora cashier's point at 94 Via IV Novembre in central Rome
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Tour is available from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00am to 5:00pm, at every hour
  • Tour must be reserved at least 2 weeks in advance

Cancellation Policy:

  • For cancellations communicated in writing at
 least eight (8) days prior to the booked date, we will refund the full fee.
  • For cancellations between eight and two days prior to the excursion, 10% of
the fee will have to be paid.
  • From two days prior to the excursion departure, no refund will be granted.
  • No refund will be granted to any client who is not at the place of departure at the time established. Similarly, no refund will be granted to clients who lose contact with the guide or who do not complete the excursion.

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Dedicated by Augustus to Mars Ultor in 2 BC, the huge complex of the Imperial Fora commemorated Augustus's victory over his adoptive father Julius Caesar's murderers, Brutus and Cassius, at the Battle of Philippi in 42 BC. The Temple of Mars Ultor (Mars the Avenger) was the seat of Senate reunions connected to wars and triumphs, reflecting the military character of the god of war.

The Forum of Trajan is the largest, newest, and most impressive of the Imperial Fora. Built between 107 and 113, the forum was a celebration of Trajan's campaigns in modern-day Romania. The complex included a colossal equestrian statue of Trajan and a triumphal arch. The Forum of Trajan has a more complicated foundation than the other Imperial Fora. The piazza is closed with the Basilica Ulpia, main center of administration of justice and commerce. Of the largest basilica ever built in Rome (17m x 60m, or 196' x 55'), today just two rows of truncated columns and fragments of the friezes remain.

The three-floor, semicircular complex of Trajan's Market, built during the early 2nd century BC, is perhaps the first example of a shopping mall. The market had space for 150 shops, selling everything from imported fabrics to Eastern spices.

Recent scholarship has confirmed that the longstanding Roman fascination with pubs began here, with taverns that lined the street outside the market. Part of the vast structure housed public administration offices and a stock exchange. The ground and first floor rooms of the markets are home to an impressive, if crumbling display of sculptures from the imperial forum, including two colossal torsos of Nerva and Agrippa and part of a frieze of a griffin.

Julius Caesar was the first Roman leader to expand the city center outside the Forum proper, constructing the Forum of Caesar in 46 BC. The Forum was used as a meeting place for public affairs. The Basilica Argentaria was probably used as a specialized market selling bronze and silverware. In later ages the structure was used as a school.

The Imperial Fora were significantly impacted by an intervention during the Fascist regime in the 1930s. Mussolini ordered the large Via dei Fori Imperiali to be built straight through the archaeological site, connecting Piazza Venezia with the Colosseum. During the construction, the historical sites suffered irreparable damage, while many new findings were brought to light. The pollution and vibrations connected to the avenue continue to impact the antique ruins negatively, but so far none of the plans for protective measures have been successful.

Prices

Price (per group): € 224.66

  • This is a private, guided tour, for parties from 1 to 20 people.
  • The tour will be scheduled especially for you and your party.
  • The cost for the guide is shared among the members of your party.

Please note: Tour price does not include admission ticket to Trajan's Market and Forum, you will need to purchase a ticket separately. Tickets are available at the Museum of the Imperial Fora (www.mercatiditraiano.it) at a cost of €9.50/€7.50

 

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