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Forum Romanum seen from Palatine Hills

The Roman Forum is situated in the valley between the Capitol Hills and the Palatine Hills. It was the center of the ancient world, its commerical, cultural, political and religious center. The first paved road (Via Sacra) is said to be built around 600 BC. The emperors and merchants added huge villas over time, potentially turning the place into an overloaded, kitschy town center.
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