Ancient Street Inside Roman Forum Reopens

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 05:56

As part of the celebrations marking 2,000 years since the death of Rome's first emperor, Augustus, the ancient Vicus Iugarius, or street of the Yoke-makers, in the Roman Forum has reopened after a four-year restoration.

The Vicus Jugarius runs along the shoulder of the Capitoline Hill and between the Temple of Saturn and the Basilica Julia. At some point, the street extended as far as the Quirinal Hill, representing a part of the original trade route to the Tiber River.

The Vicus Jugarius is one of Rome's oldest streets.

Other recent reopenings to commemorate Augustus include the Baths of Diocletian, Rome's grandest bath complex, which opened to the public following a 6.5-million-euro restoration lasting six years; and the Villa of Livia, the residence of Emperor Augustus’ wife.