Largest square in ancient Rome For centuries the Forum was the center of day-to-day life in Rome: the site of triumphal processions and elections; the venue for public speeches, criminal trials, and gladiatorial matches; and the nucleus of commercial affairs. Here statues and monuments commemorated the city's great men. The teeming heart of ancient Rome, it has been called the most celebrated meeting place in the world, and in all history Located in the small valley between the Palatine and Capitoline Hills, the Forum today is a sprawling ruin of architectural fragments and intermittent archaeological excavations attracting 4.5 million or more sightseers yearly.
The Colosseum or Coliseum , also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre is an oval amphitheatre in the centre of the city of Rome, Italy. Built of travertine, tuff, and brick-faced concrete, it is the largest amphitheatre ever built. The Colosseum is situated just east of the Roman Forum. Construction began under the emperor Vespasian in AD 72, and was completed in AD 80 under his successor and heir Titus.
I was the only one on the 6pm food tour but it still went ahead. We walked our way around Monti area, through lots of small streets away from crowds. Went passed Forum of Augustus, Trajan's market, Roman Forum etc. The guide provided pictures of key areas and what they would have looked like - this was great to see what they looked like in all their glory. Got to try suppli, and different pizzas - all delicious. We walked our way to colosseum, seeing from outside and across the road at what was the gladiators training ground, home etc. Finished the tour with gelato. This was a great tour to learn some history, see a local area to Rome and eat some great food. I appreciated the guides knowledge of the area and history - he provided me some maps and further information which is greatly appreciated.