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20 Awe-Inspiring Ruins From the World's Greatest Civilizations

Fodor's Logo By Laura Itzkowitz of Fodor's | Slide 1 of 20: <p><strong>Where: </strong>Rome</p><p>As the saying goes, all roads lead to Rome, and in the Ancient World, all roads led to the <a href="http://www.fodors.com/world/europe/italy/rome/review-90074.html">Roman Forum</a>. Spread out in the valley between the Palatine and Capitoline Hills, the Roman Forum was the center of the Roman Empire from about 500 B.C. to 400 A.D. All aspects of public life took place here: triumphal processions, elections, public speeches, criminal trials, gladiatorial matches, and commercial affairs. Here, Marc Anthony delivered Julius Caesar's funeral oration and Augustus built the Temple to the Deified Caesar. In 2011, the Tempio di Vesta, where the vestal virgins lived, reopened to the public, granting visitors access to this sacred site.</p><p><strong>Insider Tip:</strong> Take a guided tour to learn about the significance of the ruins and hear fascinating stories of Imperial Rome. Be sure to visit <a href="http://www.fodors.com/world/europe/italy/rome/review-90077.html">the Colosseum</a> as well.</p><p><strong>Plan Your Trip: </strong>Visit <a href="http://www.fodors.com/world/europe/italy/rome/">Fodor's Rome Guide</a></p>

Roman Forum

Where: Rome

As the saying goes, all roads lead to Rome, and in the Ancient World, all roads led to the Roman Forum. Spread out in the valley between the Palatine and Capitoline Hills, the Roman Forum was the centre of the Roman Empire from about 500 BC to 400 AD. All aspects of public life took place here: triumphal processions, elections, public speeches, criminal trials, gladiatorial matches, and commercial affairs. Here, Marc Anthony delivered Julius Caesar's funeral oration and Augustus built the Temple to the Deified Caesar. In 2011, the Tempio di Vesta, where the vestal virgins lived, reopened to the public, granting visitors access to this sacred site.

Insider Tip: Take a guided tour to learn about the significance of the ruins and hear fascinating stories of Imperial Rome. Be sure to visit the Colosseum as well.

Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's Rome Guide

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