The Roman Forum used to be the cultural, social and political centre of old Rome. The Forum was where the empire’s temples, law courts, senate houses and open-air meeting places were concentrated. On the Palatine Hill above, the regime’s power-brokers and VIPs built themselves villas and palaces (including the surprisingly modest House of Augustus, recently restored and opened to the public).
Today, the Roman Forum is an area of evocative ruins where cats roam among broken columns and fallen pediments. This is of course, which goes without saying, a must see in Rome.