Trajan's Market (Latin: Mercatus Traiani, Italian: Mercati di Traiano) is a large complex of ruins in the city of Rome, Italy, located on the Via dei Fori Imperiali, at the opposite end to the Colosseum. The surviving buildings and structures, built as an integral part of Trajan's Forum and nestled against the excavated flank of the Quirinal Hill, present a living model of life in the Roman capital and a glimpse at the restoration in the city, which reveals new treasures and insights about Ancient Roman architecture.
Thought to be the world's oldest shopping mall, the arcades in Trajan's Market are now believed by many to be administrative offices for Emperor Trajan. The shops and apartments were built in a multi-level structure and it is still possible to visit several of the levels. Highlights include delicate marble floors and the remains of a library.
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|Tuesday||9:30 AM – 7:30 PM|
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|Sunday||9:30 AM – 7:30 PM|
Kadir Orhan | Apr 1, 2018
I went there with my girlfriend, who is doing her PhD on Roman History. She really enjoyed both indoors and outdoors. They have good exhibitions consisting of well preserved artifacts and high quality replicas inside the museum. Outdoors are simply beautiful. you can just stand at a high point and enjoy the view or you can observe the ruins. They also provide plenty of information about original state of the area, which includes animations and blueprints.
Simon Bromberg | Apr 26, 2018
This a surprisingly large and elaborate museum that has a good audio guide (albeit with a lot of strange first person segments?) and it gives you much closer access to Trajan’s market. Everything is well-organized and has detailed explanations, beautiful models, and is all housed in a historic building. This easy to miss museum is a must for anyone interested in the history of Rome.
Rasp Berry | Apr 17, 2018
Little overpriced, but you can see some nice stuff inside. For me the projection of few surviving parts of the Trajan Colossus on the digitally reconstructed statue was the best part. I have also explored this stuff, lots of roman marble was simpliy burned in the kilns to get lime through medieval ages ( quarrying from Colosseum was forbidden in the middle 18. century). There's a lot of unused rooms around the Mercato because the area is larger then the current collection.
Ray Olson | Apr 7, 2018
Museum was just ok.. a lot of pieces were replicas. It gave a lot of information about Trajan which was great
Maria Tanasa | May 6, 2018
Traian forum a view ho embraces the history of al the epoch of Rome!
The Director | Jul 7, 2018
The museum is not that impressive and poorly laid out, but the market area itself is amazing. It's worth a visit. Go early, and sit in the market and imagine the forum right in front of you. Fun place to explore when no one else is there early on.
Petr Sobíšek | Jun 11, 2018
Very good preserved antique building, oldest "hypermarket" in the world. Many excavations from Forum Romanum and other Forums exposed.
Mike Thuringer | Aug 3, 2018
We watch a guest speaker there for free. The staff we organized and vary personal Beautiful structure outstanding set up. We were surprised the speech was a bout discrimination and racism in America. We look like a typical American family and the staff was joking around about were we came from Washington state vs Washington DC and when I say we I mean they were. The three girls sitting at the bout didn’t want to give us information or the free this. I had to be firm and ask for some tickets-please. How ironic, but it did seem to fit our views of many of our experiences in Roma. Clearly there is a big difference between southern Italy and northern Italy, I’m not sure if they just have issues with Americans or if there just sharp in general. I don’t believe that’s the case because everyplace we did go into and paid for their services the attitude switched around quite a bit and they were quite the opposite friendly nice and wonderful.
Ingrid Aguiluz | Aug 4, 2018
I loved this amazing place! The museum was so nice! It wasn't crowded and the collection is very rich. They even have replicas of some parts of the Trajan's Column. It was so nice to walk around and see the structure of this place. You can of course see it from the outside but if you have time you should definitely visit!
Milen Dimitrov | Jul 21, 2018
Marvelous remains of Emperor Trajan's Forum, including a library, shopping arcade, administrative offices and the triumphal column. After the Colosseum, this is maybe the largest still standing ancient structure in the Roman Forum (or better said - Forums). There is a museum inside the Market, accessible only from the Via Quattro November. Not all of the ancient structures remain, however, but what is still standing is shedding light on the administrative and commercial life in the second Century AD. There are also some Medieval additions to the market, like floor levels and a Tower (the tallest structure on Trajan's market).
Lauren | Jul 12, 2018
Great place to see all the ruins and totally feel like you've gone back in time! So much history here with great views of the city. Would love to be able to visit here in the evening to take in a sunset. Good bathrooms are hard to come by in Italy but they are nice and clean here.
Meme God | Aug 7, 2018
Absolutely loved the place. Would definitely go again, there is so much to see. I got the audio and it was very informative. It would have been an impressive market in its time!!
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