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“Good collection of recently excavated Roman artefacts”

Mercati di Traiano - Museo dei Fori Imperiali
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2.5-Hour Rione Monti Private Guided Walking Tour
Ranked #109 of 1,994 things to do in Rome
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Markets of Trajan are an archaeological complex of uniqueness in Rome, perhaps even worldwide. They represent an area that has experienced the evolution of the city from the imperial age to today; an area that has been constantly recycled and transformed. The markets once the strategic administrative centre of the Imperial Forums, successively became a noble residence, a military fortress, a prestigious convent and a barracks... a continuous evolution.
Reviewed 18 September 2011

Currently open but with some significant renovation works going on inside, the entrance cost is reduced to €6 each, which for me was money well spent. The museum can be seen from the Roman forum and the road leading up to the colosseum, however the entrance is the other side. So many people just bypass here and consequently the museum is fairly quiet.
The main building is magnificent, it used to be the Great Hall, and you can see why it has deservedly earned this name. The structure is amazing and within each of the side rooms, they have placed a display of some of the artefacts which have been discovered. These have been arranged according to the different ages e.g. The forum of Caesar, the forum of Augustus etc.
After viewing all the exhibits inside, there are some fantastic areas outside to view. Make sure you climb to the top of the viewing areas, to get a good view back down to the ruins and also across Rome.
Definitely recommended for people interested in the different time periods in Roman history and for those interested in recently discovered artefacts.

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Reviewed 4 April 2011

Trajan's Markets was located right down the street from our hotel, so on the last day of our time in Rome we spent a few hours touring Trajan's Markets. The museum portion of the exhibit was nothing special - an audio tour concerning sculpture relics, but the actual Trajan's Markets were amazing. It was like stepping back in time and walking the streets of Rome - very well preserved. We got a real sense of what daily life was like for Romans. We were able to walk around in each of the individual "stores" that were used by Romans and it was easy to imgaine the ancients selling their wares. I highly recommend this "attraction" for your visit to Rome. It only takes a few hours but it is interesting and instructive.

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Reviewed 10 October 2010

I have just returned from my 4th visit to Rome, and finally the restoration of Trajan's markets is complete.

I first visited the markets 8 years ago, with only a good guide book to help me round. Now there is an excellent audioguide, which also gives you a lot of information on the Imperial Fora.

In each room of the markets there are artefacts displayed from each of the different fora, with TVs which show you exactly where these were, and what they would have looked like. It follows a chronological order that helps make sense of the Imperial side of the road, which has lacked as much info as the Roman fora on the other side of the road.

After being in many Museums and Outside sites in Rome, where the layouts and information can be scarce and confusing, this was by far the best I have come across, and the highlight of my visit this year.

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Reviewed 2 November 2009

Seen from the Forum on the other side of the road, intact and very interesting, the entrance is around the back. See where the markets were, the tavernas and where they teatherd the goats. Very interesting and great for ohotograps with the richness of the red bricks, and the view across to Palantine Hill is very good.
A little gem and under visited, such a shame.

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Reviewed 17 March 2004

Interesting site of ruins that have been excavated, and the market buildings that are in somewhat better shape. There are english expalantory signs to help you know what you are looking at, but the way stuff was re-used over the centuries makes it complex. Part of the area was closed (off-season, maybe) but I still spent 2 hours there.

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