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“Another little gem near the Tiber and Cirus Maximus”
Review of Tempio di Vesta

Tempio di Vesta
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Owner description: This circular temple located near the Tiber River is one of the first examples of marble architecture in Rome.
Reviewed 10 June 2014

I learned of this temple from a free Yale course (via iPad). It is an earlly, unusual example and perhaps the only temple in Rome with most of its original marble. And one of the most well-preserved.
As reviewers point out, it is really the Temple of Hercules Victor and is not in the Piazza Santa Maria. Google maps will find it.

Unfortunately, there is a fence around it and no signs whatsoever about it, even a name. Close by is the very well preserved Temple of Portunus.

These two temples may be the most complete ones in Rome (except for the Pantheon) and most tourists miss them or just whiz by. Easy to get to by bus from Piazza Venezia or Victor Emauelle.

Thank IQ140
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Reviewed 27 April 2014

For everyone who's planning to go to Rome for the first time, but also if you already had the chance to visit the ancient "Caput Mundi", i advice to go to Piazza della Bocca della Verità, not very far walking from Piazza Venezia's Mussolini famous window-palace (actually it's a path worth a walk, since meanwhile you pass near many treasures , such as the renowed Marcello's Theatre!) because even if it's not one of the most famous square of the town it has some really wonderful ruins: before all the Temple of Hercules (also called of Vesta) and just in front of this, the Temple of Portunus.
Without fear of telling something wrong,i'm pretty sure that elsewhere in the world that place would be a well sponsored main attraction for its beauties! But unfortunatley not in the most wonderful town of the world..
Anyway. the first Temple (Ercules) is a round perfect preserved temple rounded by 20 corinthias columns, whilst the Temple of Portunus is a more usual rectangular building with portico and cella, but also this one incredibly well preserved!
This probably because during the centuries they became Catolichs Churches and this, even if it brought to some changes above all in the internal parts, halped the presevation.
Unfortunately, and this one is a real pity, it's not possibile to visit inside these two gems, or at least when i went overthere i find them closed and i didn't find any notice about visits scheduled.
Eventually, the wonderful square has other great stuff:
just crossing the road you'll find the Arch of Janus, another incredibly preserved roman ruin, an Arch built in the 4th century in the middle of the Forum Boarium,the old Romans cattle market!!!
And if this wasn't enough, just some steps near the Arch, there's another marvellous piece, the Arcus Argentariorum, a fully inscripted Arch built by the old silver traders near the 200 a.c!!!
Really in my opinion it's almost incredible that you can go freely (i mean without paying a cent!!) around all these stunning buildings as if they were something ordinary!
So, if in Rome, take advantage of it and you'll appreciate it!!

1  Thank Federico L
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Reviewed 16 November 2013

This is commonly referred to the Temple of Vesta because of it's similarity to the one in the Forum. Actually it's the Temple of Heracles and dates to the 2nd century BC. It's one of the best preserved temples from the Republican era.

Thank Scott8147
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Reviewed 4 April 2013

The appropriately reinforced ancient 2nd century B.C. temple can be seen from the Ponte Gregorio and elsewhere in Tivoli. Close to it is architecture that evokes so many periods, people and places, whether P. Quintilius Varro, whose villa at Tivoli was close by, or Hadrian, or Sir John Soane. I guess it would be good in the summer to lunch in the adjacent restaurant and contemplate, 'O quam cito transit gloria mundi.'

Thank Michael B
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Reviewed 20 November 2012

This attraction is not know as the Temple of Vesta, but the Temple of Hercules Victor (Tempio di Ercole Vincitore), located in the Forum Boarium, near to Piazza Bocca della Verita. As you're in the area waiting in line to take a picture with the famous "Mouth", take some minutes to visit this ancient and small temple, dating from 2nd century BC (the earliest surviving marble building in Rome).

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