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Properly enjoying the Roman Forum seemed to take quite an effort for me.

I knew that this area of Rome was once the shining heart of the Roman world, but now, without a very active imagination, this is hard to see.

Instead, the Roman Forum seemed to me to be a series of poorly labelled ruins.

Apparently, you can give your mind’s eye a helping hand by forking out for an audioguide or joining the daily 10.30am tour (in English), that departs from the Piazza di Santa Maria Nova entrance.

I did neither of these things. I’d just walk through it every few weeks, which is free.