Museo e Foro Romano

Roman Site in Assisi

Ancient Cellar - Ruins Of The Ancient Roman Forum - Assisi
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The exploration of Assisi’s Roman history commences from Town Hall Square. Descending four meters underground, you enter the subterranean passage that traverses the Romanesque crypt of the former Saint Nicolò “de platea” church. Here, artifacts such as capitals, coffins, and Roman inscriptions from Assisi and its environs are on display.

Continuing through a narrow corridor alongside the foundation wall of the first-century B.C. Temple of Minerva, you are treated to views of the elegant colonnade above.

The journey culminates in the expansive Roman Forum, the heart of ancient Assisi, where political, administrative, and economic affairs unfolded. Discovered during excavations in 1836, the Forum has been transformed into an archaeological museum showcasing relics dating from the second century B.C. to the second and third centuries A.D.

Highlights include a well-preserved limestone flooring, the temple basement with access doors to the porch, a monumental cistern, a podium with seats for magistrates, a small temple dedicated to the Dioscuri children of Zeus, Castor, and Pollux, and tabernae, large spaces devoted to commercial activities. Marble statues, including one attributed to the goddess Minerva, adorn the museum.

To enhance your understanding of this ancient urban space, a multimedia stand along the museum itinerary recreates Forum environments, providing insights into social life during that era.

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Visiting Museo e Foro Romano


Every day from 10 am to 5.0 pm; last entrance allowed 4:30 pm;



Address: Foro Romano e Museo Archeologico, Via Portica, Assisi, Province of Perugia, Italy
Duration: 20 minutes

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