Roman Forum

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5 historical facts about the Roman Forum's development

Unlike the other forums across Rome's empire, the ancient capital's center of public life wasn't simply planned and built, but evolved slowly as the great city grew. Here are five facts about the original Forum Romanum's history!

Planning Your Visit

  • When to visit?

    Tickets are valid for two days but also cover the Colosseum and Palatine Hill. That's a lot to see so make sure you arrive there nice and early on both days! The Forum opens from 8:30AM (except holidays), but closing times vary depending on the season. You'll have more time between April and September.
    If not booking in advance, use the Palatine Hill ticket office, as the queue will be mercifully short compared to that at the Colosseum!

  • How to get there?

    Don't let the maps fool you! Although there are Metro stations nearby, none of them are that close to an actual entrance! Colosseo (by the Colosseum, in case it's not obvious) is the closest but you'll still need to walk to the main entrance up Via dei Fori Imperiali. Otherwise, take either the 51, 85, 87, 118, or 810 bus to the stop Fori Imperiali.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    The Forum opens at 8:30AM daily (except holidays) and closes an hour before sunset.
  • Is it expensive?
    The adult ticket is just € 12,00 and is valid for two days, for the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It will definitely help. Might be worth it to check out our best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    Plan to walk from the Colosseo Metro stop, or take the 51, 85, 87, 118 or 810 bus to the Fori Imperiali stop.
  • Additional information
    Admission is free the first Sunday of the month! | There is a € 2 booking fee for booking in advance and skipping the queue.

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What people are saying about Roman Forum

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 71,213 reviews

This experience was truly the best. The staff was extremely helpful and this overall experience was convenient compared to all the other companies that were charging a lot for each ticket or simply sold out. Raffaella was the best with helping me and my family out and we are forever grateful. I Will book with you guys again and I will for sure recommend it to anyone interested. 5 stars were earned.

Marcius was a really nice tour guide! Very enthusiastic and good to follow if your first language isn't English. He answered questions very comprehensively so we could get the most out of the tour.

We would highly recommend this 3 hour tour, which was both interesting and informative! Our Japanese tour guide, Humi was extremely knowledgeable and provided excellent information.

It was amazing im so happy we booked this guided tour. Mauricio was very passionate and knowledgeable, which made it into an even more amazing of an experience

Without this tour, the Roman Forum and Palatines hill is just a big piles of rocks. Here you get the most value from your money.