Travel to Learn – Ancient Ruins of Rome

Ancient Ruins of Rome

There are Roman ruins littered all over the world, but it is a popular opinion than no others can measure up to the ruins you’ll find littered all over Italy’s capital; Rome. After all, it was the center of the Empire’s rule so one would expect to find an abundance in this huge European metropolis.

If you’re a history buff, visiting the ancient ruins of Rome is one of those activities that must be added onto your European itinerary – there is almost no other city on earth that has as many vital historical points of interest around every corner and tucked into every nook and cranny.

Roman Forum

Otherwise just known as ‘Forum’, these ruins once stood as the government buildings in ancient Roman times. They are formed in a square, and today you can walk around the many paths that run through them, reading up on the information displayed at various points and look up at all the grand pillars towering above you.

It’s hard to walk around the Forum and try and rebuild the importance that this space had for the Romans. If you picture the White House or Houses of Parliament in London, this was the Roman equivalent, where all the elections and debates went on and the center from which the other ruins branched out from.


One of the signature sports when you think of ancient culture is gladiators, and there is no better place in Roman to witness where it used to take place than the Colosseum. As you stand high up in the amphitheatre and look down, try to picture the blood-thirsty crowd around you and the violent and gory action that everyone would have been enthralled by. It’s a far cry from any of the sport we are used to nowadays, which is what makes it so interesting to learn about.

The queues to get into the Colosseum can be mammoth in length so try to get there as early in the day as possible and get ready to pay out for entry as it’s expensive. Just seeing it from the outside in this buzzing part of Rome, with cars flying through multiple lanes around it, is a sight to behold.

Palatine Hill

Palatine Hill is the center of the Seven Hills of Rome, and is one of the oldest parts of the city; people have been living there since around 1000 BC. It has been the setting for several Roman mythological legends, and the numerous buildings in the area were built for the rich and famous of the city to go and relax in. As the hill is higher up than the other ruins in Rome, up here you can find beautiful views of the city including the Roman Forum.

These are just a handful of the ancient ruins of Rome, but they are considered three of the must-visit sites when you’re in the city. The Romans were a civilization that has influenced our modern world in so many ways, and will continue to do so for centuries to come. Going to Rome and not visiting some of these ruins to learn about that way of life would be like going to Egypt and not seeing the Pyramids, or visiting New York and not at least taking a glimpse of the Empire State Building. Even if history isn’t normally your thing, a visit to Rome would be nothing without these infamous historical marvels.


Emma Higgins has been writing and traveling on and off since 2009. Her blog, Gotta Keep Movin’ is full of stories and advice from her trips, which include Europe, India, Morocco, South America, the USA and Canada. Her main focuses are budget travel and volunteering, and she has been involved in sustainable farming in Argentina, animal shelters in Peru, and even tried her hand at making goats cheese in British Columbia. Follow her travels on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
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