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  • Address: Via IV Novembre 94, Rome 00187, Italy
  • Hours: Open daily 9:30am–7:30pm
  • Admission: Museum - Adults: €14; Seniors & Students: €11

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Trajan's Market (Mercati di Traiano) Tours

Forming part of Rome’s five Imperial Forums (Fori Imperiali), which were built by Julius Caesar onwards at the very apex of the Empire, Trajan’s Market was constructed between 107 and 113 AD to complete the Forum of Trajan.

Trajan’s Market stands in a vast, triple-decker semi-circle designed by Greek architect Apollodorus of Damascus and was Rome’s answer to the modern-day shopping mall, with covered arcades crowded with people shopping at stores selling food and textiles from across the Empire. It was extended upwards in the Middle Ages, when the central Torre delle Milizie was added, before being extensively excavated in between the World Wars. Although Trajan’s Forum is today a hodgepodge of fallen columns and plinths, the market is a remarkably complete example of Roman urban planning; visitors can explore its passageways and the main street, Via Biberatica.

The market now houses the Museo dei Fori Imperiali, which contains fragments discovered in the Imperial Forum complex, models of various temples and buildings in the complex and a mammoth, sculpted head of Emperor Constantine. The imposing 131-ft (40-m) Trajan’s Column stands a few paces away on the other side of the Via Alessandrina; it was also designed by Apollodorus and is still in superb condition, with intricate bas-reliefs depicting Trajan’s victorious campaigns over the Dacians.

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Via IV Novembre 94, Rome. Open daily 9:30am–7:30pm. Admission adults €14; seniors & students €11. A five-minute walk from Colosseo metro station (line B).

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