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Fori Imperiali


The Imperial Forums are a series of monumental squares which were built between 46 B.C. and 113 D.C.: they are made up of several areas placed on different levels.

The first Forum is the Forum of Caesar: it is a square with arcades built in 46 B.C. at the behest of Julius Caesar and in the center it presents the temple dedicated to Venus.

Then there is the Forum of August, inaugurated in D.C. by Octavian, comprends the temple of Mars.

Between the Forum of August and the Forum of Caesar it was built the famous Temple of Peace, which was initially characterized by water basins and bases for the various statues.

The Forum of Nerva, dating back to 98 AD, was dedicated to Minerva and wanted by Domitian, but inaugurated by Nerva.

The Forum of Trajan was built in 122 D.C. by the same Trajan, together with the Ulpia Basilica and the Trajan’s Column. It is the biggest one and, in the center of its sqaure there is an equestrian statue of Trajan.

In the same year as when it was built the Forum of Trajan, were born the Trajan’s markets: a complex of brick buildings, divided into several levels.

The archeological site of the Imperial Forums is open everyday and the opening and closing times change very often.

This magnificent place is located near the Colosseum, so it is really easy to find it. You absolutely have to visit it because it is one of a kind and really fascinating.


I Fori Imperiali di Roma sono una serie di piazze monumentali edificate tra il 46 a.C. e il 113 d.C.: sono costituiti da più zone poste su livelli diversi.

Il primo Foro è quello di Cesare: è una piazza con portici costruita nel 46 a.C per volere di Giulio Cesare e al centro presenta il tempio dedicato a Venere Genitrice.

Vi è poi il Foro di Augusto, inaugurato nel 2 a.C. da Ottaviano, comprende il tempio di Marte Ultore.

Tra il Foro di Augusto e quello di Cesare venne fatto costruire il famoso Tempio della Pace, che inizialmente era caratterizzato da vasche d’acqua e basamenti per le diverse statue.

Il Foro di Nerva, risalente al 98 d.C. era dedicato a Minerva e voluto da Domiziano, ma inaugurato sotto Nerva.

Il Foro di Traiano fu fatto costruire nel 112 d.C dallo stesso Traiano, insieme alla Basilica Ulpia ed alla Colonna Traianea. È il più grande e, al centro della sua piazza presenta una statua equestre di Traiano.

Nello stesso anno in cui fu edificato il Foro di Traiano, nacquero anche i Mercati di Traiano: un complesso di edifici in laterizio, articolati in più livelli.

Il sito archeologico dei Fori Imperiali è aperto tutti i giorni e l’orario varia molto spesso.

Questo magnifico luogo si trova accanto al Colosseo, quindi è molto semplice da trovare. Visitatelo assolutamente, perchè è unico nel suo genere e veramente affascinante.

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