I should have mentioned the last post that my colosseum tour also included the forum, so I’ll do a little backtracking here. The Forum is right across from the colosseum and over the tarmac and footpaths tourists are using these days. It was originally built as an open air work space where Senators would sit on tiered benches that faced an open tiled area. This area was used for speeches, and famously, some vicious beatings and even a couple murders. Senators, lawyers, businessmen, and Emperors all gave speeches here. No ‘common’ people though. Unfortunately, after the fall and sack of Rome in 410 CE by the Visigoths, this building, like many others nearby was pillaged and vandalized. Since it was basically just an open courtyard with walls, it wasn’t long before it was in ruin as citizens began using portions of the building for building material elsewhere. I couldn’t find a picture of my own that shows the Forum so I found one online. Don’t know who owns it but pretty sure it’s just a tourist and not a pro photog. If any reader can claim it, email me and I’ll give you credit.
Then one tiny section of it. Where the Roman’s have stored pieces of the columns they’ll try to reconstruct some day.
There’s not much left of such a historical place, but we were told that there is some support by Rome and Italy to rebuild the forum. Since much of the modern world is turning into a giant, peaceful tourist attraction, it’s possible that could happen. There is restoration going on now all around Rome (for instance, pictures of the colosseum last post show some scaffolding and some nearby restoration work). First thing I noticed after I got to Rome was how clean the air is now. Years ago, it was so bad it might have stopped me from going to Rome. Something like Chinese cities are these days. They really worked hard at getting the pollution under control. Clean air vehicles really helped because the fumes spewing out of cars, trucks, trains, & buses for centuries put so much acid into the air around Rome that it was eating away the marble and cement facades. Now you can see miles in any direction. Good for them.