More history; Leave it to the Italians; over 180 years ago they finally dug up an area that had historic Roman column partially jutting out from the ground. When they excavated a portion of the area they realized there was a treasure trove of artifacts below. As they continued digging they uncovered the entire Roman Forum including the famed Roman Senate. When I finally saw the Roman Senate for the first time it was not as large as I imagined. It happened to be a fraction in the size of the Pantheon. The final excavation of The Roman Forum was as large as five football fields. .