Temple of Vesta - Rome


Welcome to the Temple of Vesta! This ancient Roman temple is one of the oldest located in the centre Roman Forum and was dedicated to Vesta, goddess of the hearth. It is widely believed that this edifice was built by Numa Pompilius, the second king of Rome and the founder of the cult of Vesta. The temple's most recognizable feature is its circular footprint which is most likely a remnant of an ancient Latin or Etruscan shrine. Here the Vestal Virgins guarded the sacred flame, which could never be extinguished as the flame represented the eternal life of Rome. Ironically, the temple was destroyed by the Great Fire of Rome in 64 AD and its marble looted during the 16th century. Today what is left was in fact reconstructed in the 1930s during the Mussolini era.

Opening

Open daily from 9 am - 6 pm (or 1 hour before sunsand). Guided tour possible- reserve by telephone.

Prices

Open access


Address : Via Sacra 186 Rome Italy

Subway : Metro B : Colosseo

Bus : Bus : C3, H, 30, 44, 60, 63, 75, 81, 85, 87, 95, 117, 130, 160, 170, 175, 186, 271, 571, 628, 630, 715, 716, 780, 781, 810, 850. Tram 8 : Arenula

Phone : +39 0639967700

Fax : +39 0639750950

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