The Forum Romanum in Rome is the oldest Roman Forum and was the center of political, economic, cultural and religious life. It is located in a valley between the three city capitals, Palatine and Esquiline and was the site of many public buildings and monuments.
Originally a low valley, crossed by a brook, it was only incorporated into the city by the legendary Etruscan king Lucius Tarquinius Priscus at the beginning of the 7th century BC. The peak of its splendid development was experienced in the Roman Empire. It is today one of the most important archaeological sites of ancient Rome. Together with the old town of Rome, the Forum is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site.