If you go to the right outside the Palazzo Senatorio, you will see traces of the great temple of the Capitoline Triad, the most important in the ancient city, and you reach the terrace looking out over the valley of the Roman Forum. This valley is at the center of the 7 hills and was originally a marshy area used as a burial ground. It was drained as far back as the 7th century BC and at once became the center of the political, commercial and religious life of the recently-born township.Later, the Roman Forum lost its political role to the Imperial Forums, but it always remained the monumental and symbolic center of Rome. Excavations have revealed the remains of buildings constructed over the centuries between the birth of Rome and the end of the Empire. When the city lost its central role in the political life of the Holy Roman Empire, the Forum- the center and symbol of Pagan Rome- also lost its statues, its columns, its marble decorations and its buildings as they were used to construct the new symbols of Christian Rome. You go down into the Roman Forum from the recently uncovered Clivus Capitolinus, the only road that linked the Forum with the Capitoline Hill. This was the final stretch of the triumphal procession where the victorious warrior left behind his prisoners, his army, his booty and the senate, and went up alone to the Temple of Jupiter where glory awaited him. In the audio guide, as you visit the forum, you will be able to see the most significant and important places and monuments which this, the last of the great ancient civilizations, produced.