So you’re in Rome for the weekend. Where do you even start with planning? There are a multitude of museums, monuments, art pieces, and restaurants to choose from. With only a few days, there is no way to hit it all.

However, with help from this blog you can find the ‘must-dos,’ starting with one of my favorite museums in Rome. This museum is called Mercati di Traiano and is located on the Via dei Fori Imperiali, near Trajan’s column. There are many reasons Mercati di Traiano should be on your to-do list, and listed below are just a few.

  1. The Unmatched View

The first reason to go is the view. Not much beats the view from the upper level of Mercati di Traiano. From the lookout spot you can see over the ruins right outside of Mercati di Traiano as well as a spectacular view of my favorite building in all of Rome, The Vittoriano. Everything below you is lit up and it is an absolutely breathtaking view.

2. The Elephant and The Lost Hill

Next is my favorite story and artifacts in the Mercati di Traiano which are The Elephant and The Lost Hill. There are over 100 art pieces for this story in the Mercati di Traiano alone. The fossil remains are displayed at this museum, as well as numerous videos providing background information. Much of the work that makes up this story has never been displayed before, making Mercati di Traiano an extremely unique experience.

Elephant Tusk display
Elephant tust display-photo by Becca

3. The History and Architecture

Towards the beginning of the museum you can see a map of the Mercati di Traiano, which I found very interesting. There are multiple floors each with many rooms. The building is in the shape of a half circle, making the architecture different from other museums around Rome. Like many buildings in Rome, Mercati di Traiano is extremely old and historical dating back to 94 AD.

Display of ruins
Ruins in museum-photo by Becca

There is so much to see in the city of Rome, however, Mercati di Traiano should for sure be at the top of your list. You can get a great view of the city, learn about The Elephant and The Lost Hill, and see first-hand the history and architecture. Not to mention, with a MIC card the museum is free!

 

By: Becca Malkin

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