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

Feb 16 - Mar 15: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Mar 16 - last Sat of Mar: 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Last Sun of Mar - Aug 31: 8:30 a.m. - 7:15 p.m.
Sep 1 - Sep 30: 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Oct 1 - last Sun of Oct: 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Last Sun of Oct - Feb 15: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Closed: Jan 1, May 1, Dec 25


Adults: €12 + €2 reservation fee over the Internet
EU citizens (18-25 years or teachers): €7.50 + €2 reservation fee over the Internet
Under 18: free

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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