Basilica Aemilia

Basilica Emilia

Behind the Curia one can see the foundation and several columns of the Basilica Aemilia that was built in 179 BC by censors Marcus Aemilius Lepidus and Marcus Fulvius Nobilior. Pliny the Elder called Basilica Aemilia one of the most beautiful edifices in the world. This is the only preserved sample of the civil basilica in the world. The building had vast galleries and most probably was the place for making deals, the market, the building of the court and the place for holding civil meetings. Southern part of the basilica hosted shopping stands and tables for currency exchange. Melted coins can still be seen in marble plates of the floor. This is the consequence of the fire that was set by Barbarians in 410 and burnt the basilica out. In 1930s archeological surveys were performed in the basilica and it was partially restored.

Address: Foro Romano, Via della Salara Vecchia, 5/6
Opening hours: 2 Jan – 15 Feb, last Sun of Oct - 31 Dec 8.30 am – 4.30 pm; 16 Feb -15 Mar 8.30 am – 5 pm; 16 Mar – last Sun of Mar 8.30 am – 5.30 pm; last Sun of Mar – 31 Aug 8.30 am – 7.15 pm; 1-30 Sep 8.30 am – 7 pm; 1 Oct – last Sun of Oct 8.30 am – 6.30 pm.
How to reach: Colosseo
Coordinates: 41.892580, 12.486101