Foro Romano, Roma
June 8, 2010 § 2 Comments
[The Roman Forum]
So we got out of the Colosseo in an hour I believe, and we walked over to the Foro Romano. I thought it was only the ruin of one architecture, but then as I found out very soon, it was a massive site.
It was an interesting sight that you can see the Colosseo in certain corners inside the Foro. It made me realize that the ancient Roman must be so proud of living in Roma, having all those amazing architectures all at the same location, showing off all of the Roman glory in one place. (Feels like putting the Taj Mahal, Versailles Palace, Basilica of St Peter , Angkor Wat, Golden Gate Bridge and Empire State Building together in one place, surrounded by the Great wall of China with a Sphnix outside…)
Sadly most of what you can see there now is just the ruins, it looks like 90% of it are all gone. A once-glorious temple with only a few pillars left, a once beautiful monument that only its foundation can be seem.. Of corse there are some stuff that are well-preserved, but I think wall too much has been lost through the ages inevitably.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s still nice to walk around and think of the ancient Roman walking on the same stones centuries ago, thinking of themselves heading to the hottest spot on Earth. There were a bunch of orange trees that smells divinely at the Palentino (the Palentine Hill), you should never miss that out.
We downloaded Rick Steve’s audio guide, and we listened to it while walking around in the forum. It was very informative, but his voice absolutely made me drowsy. If you have the time, I’d suggest to google the history and stuff about this massive place ahead, and just walk around in your own pace to soak it all in.