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Roman Forum and Palatine (Rome, Italy)
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Roman Forum and Palatine (Rome, Italy)
Advantages: Lots of history
Disadvantages: Signs all in Italian
I went to Rome last summer and spent two of the best days of my life in the eternal city.
It was during the high season in the middle of July and Rome was hot and crowded.
Luckily I have an Italian as a partner and thus avoided many tourist traps, such as overpriced food and drinks, long lines and expensive parking.
Contrary to what many think Rome can be done on a budget, we stayed with friends but costs in the city were kept at a minimum.
First off we parked in a park called Villa Borghese which is about a kilometer from the center. There is parking in the center but during the day it is hard to get good parking on the streets and underground lots are pricey. In the evening you can find street parking in the city center and it is about 1 euro a hour. Parking in Vila Borghese is a little over 1 euro an hour and it is an underground lot. It is not a good idea if you are walking but in the park you can rent bicycles for about 10 euros an hour. This is an great tip as it will save you tired feet and even gives you a light breeze. They come with locks and we would chain them to a fence and walk around to see the different sites. With a simple city center map you can navigate easily by bike, and get from place to place in record speed. You can also get baskets and carry your cameras drinks etc without tiring your shoulder.
A friend had given me a tip that was a lifesaver for Rome, the biggest attraction is generally the Colosseum and the line can stretch around the building and people have been known to wait for hours.
However.... The ticket for the Palatine is also good for the Colosseum and the line is literally non existent. The Palatine is right around the corner from the Colosseum and so it will save you allot of time.
I couldnt figure out why there was so few people there as it was such a fascinating place, and even more diverse and varried then the colossuim.
The Roman Forum and Palatine hill are in reality two different sites but they are in the same enclosure, and it is easy to walk from one to the other.
The Roman Forum:
The oldest and most important structures of the ancient city are located in the forum. This is where the senate, as well as Republican government began. The forum served as a city square and central gathering point where the people of Rome gathered for justice, and worship. The forum was also the economic hub of the city and considered to be the center of the Empire.
It is comprised of Temples, Basillicas and the Curia Julia the Senate building.
It lies several meters below street level, and is accessible by stairs,
The Palatine Hill:
It is the center most of the Seven Hills of Rome and is one of the most ancient parts of the city. It stands high above the Forum, looking down upon it on one side, and accessible from there by stairs. And on the other side of it is the Circus Maximus.
On the hill lies the Flavian palace where several Emperors resided Right beside the palace is the Hippodrome of Domitian. This is a structure which looks like a miniature Roman Circus and whose name means Circus in Greek, but is too small to accommodate chariots, and was probably used for sporting events.
The entrance fee is 10 euros each.The one downside is that none of the signs are in English, for being such a Vacation hot spot I was rather shocked, and I seriously advise investing in a good guidebook, so you can fully appreciate what you are seeing.
Summary: Worth a stop as and not just to save you hours of waiting at the Colossuim.
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