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The Roman Forum (or Forum Romanum) was the hub of civic life during the Roman Empire, the site of government buildings, trials, votes, and religious practice. It’s where Julius Caesar was murdered, and where Emperor Augustus built monuments to the military accomplishments of his family. Excavated and restored from 1898 onwards, today visitors can see the ruins of a huge number of buildings and monuments from the different eras of Rome. Tickets also include access to the Colosseum and Palatine Hill, so enjoy exploring the most famous sites of Ancient Rome!
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4 tips for visiting the Roman Forum

Roman Forum | Photo: Yair Aronshtam CC BY-SA 2.0
The Roman Forum, in combination with the Colosseum and Palatine Hill, is one of the most popular sites in Rome. The lines at the Colosseum tend to be extremely long, especially in summer, so book skip-the-line tickets in advance to go straight to the front of the lines!
Arch of Septimius Severus | Photo: Bradley Weber CC BY 2.0
The Roman Forum is an outdoor site with very little shade or shelter. In summer, you’ll definitely need to bring a bottle of water, sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses, and in winter you should consider bringing an umbrella.
If you’re visiting the Roman Forum before the Colosseum, make sure you leave enough time to see everything so that you don’t miss your entry time for the Colosseum. Your ticket is valid over 2 days, but once you’ve entered there’s no re-entry.
Make sure to climb Palatine Hill to get a great view of the Colosseum or of the buildings of the Roman Forum from above. The hill is somewhat steep and the paths can be uneven, so make sure to wear comfortable footwear.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Roman Forum?

Forums (or fora) are often found at the center of Roman cities and were the sites of commercial, political and legal decisionmaking. While most cities had a forum, none of these public spaces were as large or as magnificent as the Forum in Rome. The Roman Forum was the site of the Temple of Vesta, where the sacred flame of Rome was guarded by the Vestal Virgins, the Comitium, where the Senate met during the Roman Republic, and a host of temples and statues dedicated to the glory of the city. It was where Emperors, generals, and their soldiers finished victory parades after returning home triumphant, and it was the site of the murder of Julius Caesar in 44BC. Over time, newer structures were built in other parts of the city, and the Forum became less important. Some of the buildings were converted into churches, and some of the materials were taken to build towers and castles during the medieval period. The area fell into disrepair, but was still well-known for its monumental architecture, with artists using it for inspiration when painting images of classical Rome. Some private archaeological excavations began in 1803, but it wasn’t until 1898 that the Italian government began to excavate and restore the site. Read more.

What’s the Palatine Hill?

The Palatine Hill is the most central of the 7 hills of Rome and stands in between the Roman Forum and the Circus Maximus. According to the founding myth of Rome, the Palatine Hill is also where the she-wolf cared for Romulus and Remus when they were infants. Archaeological digs have found that the hill was one of the earliest inhabited sites in Rome, with evidence of use from at least the 9th century BC. During the Roman Republic, the hill was a fashionable place for the wealthy to build their homes, but from the time of Emperor Augustus onwards it became the exclusive residence of the Imperial family, with the ruins of three palaces - those of Augustus, Tiberius, and Domitian - still visible to visitors. Read more.

Should I take a guided tour?

Yes! The site is easy enough to visit by yourself, but apart from basic signs which tell you the name of each piece of the ruins, there isn’t a lot of context provided. If you book a tour with an expert guide or you opt for an audio guide then you’ll get a better understanding of what you’re seeing. A tour guide will also be able to bring some of the stories to life, especially for younger visitors. Read more.

How long does it take to see the Roman Forum?

Visiting the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill will take about 2 to 3 hours to explore by yourself or with an audio guide. If you take a guided tour you may want to take additional time to explore the site by yourself afterward. If you’re planning to see the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill on the same day then you should plan at least 5 hours to see everything. Read more.

General information

opening hours

The Roman Forum and Palatine Hill are open from 9 am daily. From March 26 to August 31, the site closes at 7.15 pm, from September 1 to September 30 the site closes at 7 pm, from October 1 to October 30 the site closes at 6.30 pm, and from October 31 to December 31 the site closes at 4.30 pm. The Roman Forum and Palatine Hill are closed on 25 December and 1 January. Final admission is one hour before the site closes.


Roman Forum
Via della Salara Vecchia, ⅚
00186 Rome


Tickets include access to the Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, and the Colosseum. Full price tickets cost 12, and reduced tickets cost 2. Reduced prices apply to EU citizens aged between 18 and 25. Entry is free for visitors under the age of 18, disabled visitors and a companion, and teachers and students at universities and art academies studying or teaching Architecture, Art History, Archaeology, or Conservation.

how to get there

The Roman Forum can be reached via Metro line B to the stop called Colosseo, via tram line 3, or via bus numbers 75, 81, 175, 204, and 175.
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