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Mercati di Traiano - Museo dei Fori Imperiali

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Address: Via Quattro Novembre 94, 00187 Rome, Italy
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09:30 - 18:30
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Markets of Trajan are an archaeological complex of uniqueness in Rome,...

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.

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Fascinating insight into a Roman complex of shops, offices and flats

This is an extraordinary complex which is beautifully laid out and explained. It sits to the right as you face Trajan's column and was part of Trajan's forum and because it was so... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is an extraordinary complex which is beautifully laid out and explained. It sits to the right as you face Trajan's column and was part of Trajan's forum and because it was so useful has survived in relatively good condition for 2000 years. It really makes sense even without the excellent ipad guide. You make your way through streets and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Mercati di Traiano, which is the Italian for Trajan's Market, was built in 100-110 AD by Apollodorus of Damascus, the favorite Architect of Emperor Trajan. For a long time this five-storey marketplace was believed to be the world's first and oldest shopping mall. Popular thinking now suggests that it may have been the administrative offices for the Emperor. It... More 

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While the building is amazing to contemplate and admire for its architecture and condition, it needs more in the way of explanation--ie a better glimpse into the commercial and business activities that took place there. Still, if you have an hour or so to kill near the forum and don't mind shelling out a few euros to admire some terrific... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The old market is so beautiful, and the temporary expedition in the museum was nice. Be prepared for many cats when you go to the ground floor

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

We missed this place last visit to Rome but made it this time and it's amazing. Keeps on going and going with lots of places to explore and view the ruins on the other side of the road from the main forum complex. There is fabulous artwork to see along with the great lumps of Roman stonework. It's not too... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

The Mercati di Traiano museum is about 25-30 minutes walk from the main bus station (Termini). The museum itself, as well as the other archeological sites nearby, are truly magnificent. There is a lot of armed security on site so is also safe to visit. Highly recommended

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

Interesting for a while but I feel once you've seen one broken piece of structure, you've seen them all. The nooks and crannies of the building are pretty and the outside area too but feel it lacks holding interest as you walk around.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

This is one of the best opportunities to see what the Roman forum area looked like. You get to walk through Trajan's Market, a well-preserved complex next to the Imperial Forums. Nobody knows about it, so there are no crowds. Don't miss it!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

From the front this could be mistaken for another pile of ancient Roman rocks but at the back there's the entrance to a proper museum. This may explain why it was virtually empty unlike every other tourist location in Rome. The lack of people would be reason enough to go but in addition it's a well thought out museum with... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

I wasn't expecting that much of Trajan Markets, and it ended up being one of my favorites attractions in Rome. You actually get the feeling of being inside and ancient building and at the same time you enjoy all the cultural and historical benefits of a museum. It is pretty well divided and organized, and the collection just made me... More 

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