Discover the Impressive Ruins of the Roman Forum in Rome

Admission to the Palatine in Rome is free and there is less queuing at the reserved special entrance.

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The Roman Forum was once Rome's societal center with its public buildings monuments. Together with the Palatine Hills, the Roman Forum is one of the largest and most important excavation sites of Roman antiquity.

Opening hours Roman Forum

2 January - 28 February: 9:00 - 4:30
1 March - 26 March: 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
27 March - 31 August: 9:00 a.m. - 7:15 p.m.
1 September - 30 September: 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
1 October - 30 October: 9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
31 October - 31 December: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

Last admission always one hour before closing time. 

Closed: 25.12., 1.1. 

The Roman Forum is open the entire year and it opens its doors every day at 08:30 so that early birds can have an interesting start to their day. Because all of the Roman Forum's grounds are not roof-covered and only has minimal lighting available, the opening hours of the Roman Forum are based on how many hours of light there is during that season. The winter season of the Roman Forum starts on the last Sunday of October and continues until February 15. During this season, the Forum is opened until 4:30 pm. From February 16 until March 15, the opening hours are extended by an half hour, until 5 pm. Please take note that last admission into the Forum always takes place one hour before closing. From March 16 until last saturday of march, you can take advantage of the Forum's extended hours, in which closing time is at 5:30 pm. You can easily enjoy the beautiful summer weather on the open grounds of the Roman Forum because in the summer season, last admission into the Forum is at 7:15 pm. Because the days grow shorter as the summer ends, please take note of the Roman Forum's opening hours for changes. For example, visitors who come to the Roman Forum in September can explore the Forum's in the evening until 7 pm. From October 1 to the last Sunday of October, the Roman Forum opens its doors to you until closing time at 6:30 pm.

Admission Roman Forum

Adult: 16 € (Colosseum, Forum Romanum & Palatine)
Children and young people (under 18 years): free 

Reservation fee: 2€

Take advantage of your Rome City Pass and with less queuing, you will be able to enter the Forum Romanum directly through the reserved special entrance.

Ticket Roman Forum

With your convenient Rome City Pass, you can experience the Roman Forum for FREE. You will receive your ticket into the Roman Forum and also to other top attraction in Rome (in one complete package) well before you depart for Rome.

Your ticket is valid for the Colosseum, Forum Romanum and Palatine. The ticket is valid for one day only, so you have to visit the Colosseum, Forum Romanum and Palatine on the same day. You have the possibility to visit Forum Romanum and Palatin before your Colosseum time, though. You have the option of booking "without the Colosseum" during the course of your booking, e.g. if a reservation is not available on your desired date. 
Please note that the Roman Forum and the Palatine are on the same site and must be visited together.

From 1 May 2023, free tickets for children (0 - 17 years) must be collected at one of the following counters in Rome before admission:
-Box offices inside the Colosseum
-Ticket office at Largo della Salara Vecchia
-Ticket office at the Temple of Venus and Rome
Age must be proven by ID or passport. 

Address Roman Forum

Via della Salara Vecchia 5/6
00186 Roma

+39 06 3996 7700

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One great feature of the Roman Forum is its central location in a beautiful part of the city. Whether it’s on the beautiful grounds of the Roman Forum or in the neighboring parks near the Forum, you can have a relaxing break after exploring the Forum so that you can revitalize yourself to explore more of Rome. There are numerous, manicured green spaces dedicated to providing a relaxing haven from the hustle and bustle of the city. After your visit to the Roman Forum, it's easy to plan another visit to other attractions and museums in the inner city of Rome due to the Forum's central location and proximity to the public transportation system. The inner city of Rome can be reached from the Roman Forum in about 15 minutes. Therefore you have the opportunity to travel comfortably (while also saving time) to other attractions in Rome after your visit to the Roman Forum.

Direction Roman Forum

Metro B or Tram 3 to Colosseo
Bus 60, 75, 84, 85, 87, 117, 175, 271, 571, 810, 850 

Because Rome's public transportation system is a very good network, traveling to the Roman Forum is easy! For the same reason, you are able to plan your day in the Italian capital flexibly and to your needs. You can either use Metro B or Tram 3 and ride to the station „Colosseo.” This station is located in very close proximity to the Roman Forum, which saves you precious time in your exploration of the Forum. If you prefer to use the bus, there are many bus lines that will take you to the Forum: 60, 75, 81, 84, 85, 87, 117, 175, 271, 571, 810 or the 850. Whichever way you decide to get to the Forum, traveling to the Forum will be easy and stress-free and the Forum will only be a short walk away from your bus or tram stop.

Special conditions of use

Closed: 1 January, 1 May, 25 December

Please note that the security measures of the Roman Forum has become stricter, which means that there will be delays at the security check points. The Rome City Pass and its „preferred access” feature does not apply to security checks and Pass Holders cannot bypass these lines. Bags, backpacks, coats and jackets could also be inspected and search through. 

We suggest to use the side entrance to pick up the free tickets for children and teenager. You will save a lot of time.

Highlights Roman Forum

  • The social center of ancient Rome
  • Ancient public buildings, worships sites, market halls, and monuments
  • Arch of Titus, Saturn's Temple, and the Basilica di Massenzio
  • Large excavation site of Roman antiquity

Attraction Near the Roman Forum

Just bordering on the southern side of the Roman Forum, one can find the Palatine Hills. These hills are considered to be the birth place of Rome and is one of the seven hills in Rome. After walking about 10 minutes, one can reach the Colosseum after a visit to the Roman Forum. The Colosseum is considered to be the largest amphitheater to be built during Roman antiquity, and it is especially famous for its gladiator fights and animal fights. The Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica is also located near the Roman Forum. Here you can be amazed at the impressive master pieces and painting from the Renaissance, Baroque and the Mannerist period. 

History of the Roman Forum

The beginnings of Rome started from a marshy valley region, which was formed by the small tributaries of a river. Early settlers had used this region as a burial site. The Cloaca Maxima was later built to drain the valley and is a part of an extensive canal system that was built during the 7th century by King Lucius Tarquinius Priscus. Over time, more and more public buildings, worship sites, market halls, and monuments were established throughout this area of land. By the end of the imperial period, the Roman Forum had become a dense complex with an uncountable amount of temples, religious buildings, as wells as political and financial buildings. 

The last construction that was erected on the Roman Forum was a commemorative column for the Kaiser Phokas in 608 AC. After this, many of the constructions slowly turned to ruin and later churches and fortresses were built on top of the Forum. Eventually, the area in which the Roman Forum had once stood on only served as a stone quarry and as pasture lands until 1803 when the excavations began. 

Remnants of these buildings that once stood majestically on the Roman Forum still stands today on the highest point of the Forum. Standing right at the beginning of the Via Scara (which is the widest main road in the Roman Forum) is the Arch of Titus. This 15-meter-tall, marble arch was erected to honor the Kaiser Titus who had conquered Jerusalem during his time as a commander. The oldest religious building of the Roman Forum is the sacred Saturn Temple, which was erected in 498 BC. This temple was the most important and most sacred shrine during the republican era and had even served as a state treasury. In Rome's history, the Basilica di Massenzio was the largest and also the last Roman basilica to be built. Like all other Roman basilicas, the Basilica di Massenzio was also used as a courthouse. These are just a few on the many historical buildings that you can discover and explore in the Roman Forum.  

Experience the Roman Forum for FREE with the Rome City Pass and have your ticket into the Roman Forum already in your pocket before you even depart for Rome!

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