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Roman Forum

Foro Romano

From triumphal arches to the houses of Emperors, the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill contain the remains of the heart of the Roman world.

Via dei Fori Imperiali, 00186 Roma, Italy

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Opposite the Colosseum, there is a rectangular plaza which is mostly ruins nowadays, but used to be a magnificent place. The oldest parts were built in the 7th and 8th centuries BC and were where various offices of the Senate and tribunals had their seats in large buildings. There was no urban planning, so the forum looked a bit disorganized. Caesar made an effort to plan the constructions. But later on, when Christianity became the major religion, some buildings were transformed into churches.

Among the ruins stand several triumphal arches. Their architecture has become so iconic that it has been imitated all over the world, including the famous one in Paris. Some buildings are still recognizable. One of the oldest is Basilica Aemilia. This huge marble hall provided shelter for various meetings but was destroyed in a fight with the Visigoths. Another important edifice was the Temple of Vesta, the Roman goddess of the hearth and home. There was a school near the temple in Forum Romanum and opposite to it is the Temple of Romulus with its circular plan and large original metallic door. Constructed in the 7th century AD, the Column of Phocas is the youngest part of the forum. Other temples include the Temple of Saturn, the Temple of Vespasian and Titus, and the Temple of Antoninus and Faustina. Jewelry, sculptures and mosaics are displayed in the Antiquitarium.

When visiting the Forum Romanum, the ticket bought here is also valid for the Colosseum and Palatino. They can be bought online and printed to avoid lines. Students, don’t forget to take your student cards (ISIC or Euro 26) to get a discount! Remember that the ground is quite uneven, so you must be careful. Some parts are not suitable for people with wheelchairs. The nearest Metro stop is Colosseo on line B.

Opening Hours

Open daily:
last Oct Sun - Feb 15: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Feb 16 - Mar 15: 8:30 am - 5 pm
Mar 16 - last Mar Sat: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
last Mar Sun - Aug 31: 8:30 am - 7:15 pm
Sep 1 - Sep 30: 8:30 am - 7 pm
Oct 1 - Oct 24: 8:30 am - 6:30 pm (Last admission one hour before closing.)

Closure on Jan 1, May 1, Dec 25. Opening hours may vary - for more information, please check the official website.

Admission

Adults: €12
EU citizens (18-25): €7.50

On-line reservation fee: €2
Free admission on the first Sunday of the month. Two-day combined ticket valid for visit of Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum.

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Attractions near to Roman Forum

  • Trevi Fountain

    A stunning, elaborate Baroque gem of a fountain. This famous sight is a must while in the city. Beautiful even at night.

  • Pantheon

    Witness the beauty of one of the best preserved Roman buildings. The structure was rebuilt in the 2nd century by the emperor Hadrian.

  • Colosseum

    An awe-inspiring sight and a gem. See the largest amphitheater used for gladiatorial contests with your own eyes – it’s a must when in Rome.

  • St. Peter's Square

    After visiting the Basilica di San Pietro in the Vatican City, also pay attention to this square with an Egyptian obelisk in its center.

  • Navona Square

    Take a walk around and see the large square crowned by the Fountain of the Four Rivers, as well as an Egyptian obelisk and other monuments.

  • St Peter’s Basilica

    Visit one of Rome's Renaissance masterpieces. This magnificent basilica is decorated by masters such as Michelangelo and Carlo Maderno.

  • Spanish Square & Spanish Steps

    A monumental square with beautiful sights scattered around. The famous Spanish Steps are a must, as well as the fountain and the French church.

  • Castle of the Holy Angel

    An edifice built by the emperor Hadrian in the 2nd century served in the past as a castle and a prison. Nowadays it serves as a museum.

  • Palatine Hill

    Explore one of the Seven Hills of Rome. Being a mythological place, quite a many archaeological finds were uncovered here.

  • People's Square

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