Roman Forum

Piazza Santa Maria Nova, 53, Rome

4.5

The Roman Forum is an area surrounded by the ruins of several important ancient government buildings at the center of the city of Rome. Citizens of the ancient city referred to this space, originally a marketplace, as the Forum Magnum, or simply the Forum. After Julius Caesar's death, Augustus gave the Forum its final form 29 BC. According to tradition, the Forum's beginnings are connected with the alliance between Romulus, the first king of Rome controlling the Palatine Hill, and his rival, Titus Tatius, who occupied the Capitoline Hill. It was for centuries the center of Roman public life: the site of triumphal processions and elections; the venue for public speeches, criminal trials, and gladiatorial matches. Being the heart of ancient Rome, it has been called the most celebrated meeting place in the world, and in all history. Many of the oldest and most important structures of the ancient city were located in the Forum. The Roman Kingdom's earliest shrines and temples were located on the southeastern edge. These included the ancient former royal residence. The Forum today is a sprawling ruin of architectural fragments and intermittent archaeological excavations attracting 4.5 million sightseers yearly.

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    09:00 - 19:00

  • Tue

    09:00 - 19:00

  • Wed

    09:00 - 19:00

  • Thu

    09:00 - 19:00

  • Fri

    09:00 - 19:00

  • Sat

    09:00 - 19:00

  • Sun

    09:00 - 19:00

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  • Dimah M

    5
    - 10 September 2018 -

    The place you can’t imagine that wonderful city without it. Even so, you will see the ruins of former great buildings and temples it still impress you. The place from where Rome developed. The place was the center of cultural, political and social life. I spent there 4 hours with audio guide. So be prepared at least for half of day adventure. And find time during your visit for this amazing place. I recommend you to book tickets in advance or buy Roma Pass and you will skip the lines what will save you up for two hours. The ticket to forum includes the ticket to Coliseum.

  • simon lackner

    5
    - 28 August 2018 -

    For me it was the highlight of our three day Rome trip. You can easily spend two to three hours there, exploring the beautiful ancient monuments embedded in the surprisingly green landscape. Also it was not too crowded as the place is huge and the crowds got distributed pretty well.. On hot summer days you can find cold drinking water wells all around, a tour guide is recommended but not mandatory.

  • Jacqui Farnham

    5
    - 27 August 2018 -

    With columns and temples agogo, the crazy thing about the Roman forum is that it used to be buried under tonnes of debris and rubbish, with many of the monuments sticking out like pins in a pin cushion. This is most clearly obvious at the Temple of Antoninus and Faustina. In the seventh century a church was behind the columns of the temple. Obviously they built this at seventh century ground level. Subsequent excavations have left the doors to the church completely unapproachable, hovering some 6m above the excavated ground level. (I am sure there is a metaphor in here somewhere.) This is just one brilliant fact among hundreds you will discover if you take a guide book and work your way around the forum. It’s basically one of the most amazing areas of ancient monuments you will ever see. Unmissable if you visit Rome. Entry is 30 Euros for a family of three and includes entry to the Colosseum and Palatine Hill. A brilliant day out, but (in summer) take water and sunhats and cream!

  • Georgi Kunchev

    5
    - 21 August 2018 -

    Amazing place to see. There's some awesome historical structures as there are informative texts about some of them. You really get to touch yourself to ancient Rome. There's really nice and scenic trails. There's also tap water and bathrooms along the way. It's definitely worth the money. You can buy ticket in front of the entrance for 12 euro that includes visit of the Colosseum - waiting on the smaller line.

  • Jason Zimmerman

    5
    - 14 August 2018 -

    Due to the age of the site, a lot of it is in ruins. I would recommend a tour so you can get a full experience. We used City of Wonders and were pleasantly satisfied. There is so much to see. If you go during the summer be prepared for the heat as there is not much shade and a lot of walking. The history is awesome!

  • Robin Hozee

    5
    - 04 August 2018 -

    A visit to the Roman Forum is also a visit to the Palatine Hill. You can easily spend half a day on the location visiting the sites and the different museums. If you really like to have the full experience it's advised to join a guided tour. Since April 2018 there are also the S.U.P.E.R tickets, which give access to locations (among others) as the Palatine museum and Augusts house. A visit in the morning is recommended because its less busy and especially in the summer, less hot. For me it's one of the nicest spots in Rome.

  • Ellie McGrath

    5
    - 16 July 2018 -

    At a loss for words to describe how amazing the Roman Forum & Palatino are! The pictures just don't do it justice - do not miss a chance to visit here! It was nearly overwhelming with all the amazing architecture, original ruins and amazing sites there were to see and feel part of here. Without a doubt the best place we visited in terms of history of Rome, it even blows the impressive Colosseum out of the water - you did get wonderful views of it from here also! It's incredible how big this actually is and all you can learn and see! If you're going on a summers day don't forget your water bottle - plenty of fountains to refill it throughout.

  • Jarle Børve

    4
    - 08 July 2018 -

    This is more interesting than the Colosseum. The line here is long during the day.... And it's not much shade in the blistering sun. We came back the next day and lined up in front of the gate. The tickets for the Colosseum is valid for two days... This is convenient if you are staying in Rome for several days. We had a good and interesting experience.

  • ambertheflutterby

    5
    - 04 July 2018 -

    So interesting and well preserved. Our tour guide pointed out the different layers of the forum and also showed us the different between the original bricks and the reconstructed areas that they have restored to look like the ruins. The history behind it is fascinating and I would happily come again. Very hilly though if you don't want to walk up and down hills I wouldn't recommend.

  • Jimmy Kelly

    5
    - 02 July 2018 -

    Very historic location. Awesome to walk around the forum to see the ruins of different buildings. Hard to imagine what it really would have looked like and so fun to try! We took a guided tour through here so we were able to learn the history of multiple sites and hear more about the forum itself. Would not have been as good/educational of an experience if we didn't take the tour.

  • Jermaine Jefferson

    - 31 May 2018 -

    One of the coolest places to v itisit in Rome. Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to take tons of pictures. I suggest a tour guide so you can learn the history as you walk around the Forum.

  • michel de ruiter

    - 25 May 2018 -

    The light show brings the history to life.

  • Sandra

    - 14 May 2018 -

    Historical place, must see when in Rome

  • Daniel Grayson

    - 10 May 2018 -

    The best time to get photos that won’t be full of other tourists is at home with photoshop stitching multiple shots together.

  • Rianne Coppoolse

    - 27 April 2018 -

    Beautiful place

  • Thomas R.

    - 04 April 2018 -

    Great Place absolutly must have seen!

  • Miloš

    - 24 February 2018 -

    Give yourself plenty of time to walk around everywhere and climb the hill

  • Zuzana Krajcir Rakyta

    - 01 January 2018 -

    Beautiful place, the best way to imagine the life in Ancient Rome

  • Ted Palenski

    - 21 December 2017 -

    Come early, before the Colosseum. Bring snacks and you can have a little picnic amid millennia-old ruins.

  • Koni Wong

    - 20 December 2017 -

    Just how did they build it in B.C.?

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