Located along Via dei Fori Imperiali, the complex, made from red block and also concrete, had 6 levels with approximately 150 various stores and houses. Currently, the Trajan’s Market homes the Imperial Forum Museum.
Stroll along Via Biberatica, the primary shopping road, via among the complex’s hallways and along rooms that once housed the tabernae stores. Benefit from accessibility to the high balconies of the building complex and appreciate the underlying area of Imperial Fora, one of the most remarkable sights of the Rome. Listen closely to your guide as they explain the whole fori area from this unique viewpoint.
- Professional guide (English),
- Entry ticket with pre-reservation,
- Earphones for groups of more than 10 individuals.
- Food and drinks,
Free cancellation up to 1 day before tour starts.
Forum of Trajan is easily the most ambitious and impressive of the Imperial Fora. Trajan’s career illustrates the cosmopolitan character of the ancient Roman establishment.
He was the first Roman Emperor to come from outside Italy * his father had settled in Spain and his mother was Spanish. He became governor of Upper Germany and then Emperor by adoption as Nerva’s heir. His wide ranging military campaigns in what is now the Balkans brought back immense wealth to Rome. The Emperor’s campaigns are illustrated in vivid relief on the Colonna di Traiano (45m/147ft) built in ad 113.
The column has been severely damaged by atmospheric pollution in recent years. The top of the column marks the height of the former ridge joining the Quirinal and Capitol Hills which had to be levelled by slaves to enable the Emperor’s Forum to be constructed. Some of the shops in the market complex are wonderfully well preserved. Trajan’s creation, together with its temples, libraries and basilicas was considered to be one of the finest achievements of the ancient world.