If you are visiting the Colosseum, it is impossible to miss the other attractions in this massive complex. The Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill are directly across from the Colosseum and well worth a visit. The Roman Forum is an outdoor museum of sorts and unlike anything you will experience anywhere else in the world. An impressive - albeit a bit chaotic - sprawl of ruins, the Roman Forum was the center piece of ancient Rome.
The site was first developed in the 7th century BC as a burial ground. Over time, it grew to become the political, commercial, and social hub of the Roman Empire. Like the Colosseum and other major Roman sites, the Forum fell into disrepair after the fall of the empire. During the Middle Ages, it was used as a cow pasture and plundered for its precious stone and marble.
Since the 18th century, the forum has been studied and excavated to reveal its history. These excavations still occur today. And, thankfully, the entire forum is now open to visitors! There is so much to see. It is easy to wonder and get lost in it all. Here is a list of the "Top 10 Things to See at the Roman Forum:"
1. Arch of Septimius Severus:
2. Basilica of Maxentius and Constantine:
3. Arch of Titus:
4. Column of Phocas:
5. House of the Vestals:
6. Temple of Antoninus Pius:
7. Temple of Castor and Pollux:
8. The Curia:
9. Temple of the Vestals:
10. The Temple of Saturn:
For a great map of the complex for further exploring, Click Here!