The Roman Forum was the heart of Ancient Rome. Buildings, monuments, statues and ruins scatter the land in this historic area. And for such an important place in history, it was not very well taken care of. Our tour guide mentioned that one of the biggest issues in Rome is that there is so much history, they do not know what to do with all of it. As he told us this, some of our group was taking a rest on some ancient marble columns that just lay there to be forgotten.
It was strange to see something so irreplaceable not cherished and preserved. But it seemed normal to the locals. They sit on Ancient Roman columns everyday to stop and eat their lunch, or to have a quick chat. Perhaps to them, they have so many “ruins” tossed about it becomes less special. However, the Roman Forum was very special in my opinion. I think it may have had something to do with being in the presence of such famous history.
Few facts about the Roman Forum:
- Started as a marketplace and grew to become the center of Rome.
- Location of several government buildings of Ancient Rome.
- Circus Maximus, where the chariot races were held, can be seen from here.