Roman Forum

Piazza Santa Maria Nova, 53, Rome


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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Open Hours:

  • Mon

    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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  • Ellie McGrath

    - 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

    - 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

    - 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

    - 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.

  • Peter Modica

    - 25 June 2018 -

    Fantastic site, must see for any visit to Rome. Possible to see majority of the forum for free by walking around the outside. However for the best experience pay for an entrance ticket that comes with a entry the the colosseum as well. If you plan on doing the audio guide within the Forum then remember to bring headphones as they do not provide them. Go in the morning for less crowds, and come back at night to see it all lit up.

  • Wesley Smith

    - 12 June 2018 -

    Everywhere in Rome is filled with historical spots but none compare to the Forum. My wife and I took a guided tour around 3pm for around 30 euro per person and included the Colosseum as well. The tour was a little pricey but it was because we booked last minute so book well ahead. In general all tour guides seemed knowledgeable and only varied in personality. There is also a night tour if you're looking to avoid the hot Roman sun.

  • Michael Stephens

    - 11 June 2018 -

    In a word: Spectacular! Pictures don't do this ruin justice. The scale and grandiosity is breathtaking. This was the center of the world for hundreds of years, the very heart of the Ancient Roman Empire. See the Colosseum first and then walk over to the Forum, Palatine Hill, and Capitoline. It is very hard to believe all of this was underground until relatively recently.

  • Dilbert d

    - 01 June 2018 -

    Amazing placed - Colosseum and Roman forum With Roma pass, entry is free. Kids will need ticket. You would have it from Colosseum, retain and produce it. Rick Steves audio guides are amazing here. We had cut short as my kid couldn't bear the heat.. Plan properly during peak season - sun cream, hats, lots of water etc.. Go early. Overall amazing if you are a history buff

  • shayna brodnick

    - 31 May 2018 -

    This place is... magical! That’s really the best way to describe it. Admission to the Colosseum includes entry to the Forum. So many time you go to a site because it is historical but then it ends up being very underwhelming. Not this place. Not only is it important for obvious historical reasons, but there is also so much to SEE. The ruins are in such state that you know you are in ruins but that you can still imagine how incredible the place must have been in its height. And the gardens that fill the spaces in between - greenery and jasmine and roses - make you feel like you’re in a quasi-paradise. It was so beautiful it almost felt like a dream.

  • Spencer Drager

    - 30 May 2018 -

    While the Colosseum gets much of the glory, the Roman Forum is where so much more history lives. My wife and I used an audio tour from our phones, but whether you use an audio tour or a tour guide, find a way to hear about how the Romans lived. Not as well preserved as the Pompeii ruins, these take a bit more imagination to bring alive. Yet they do. This small space was a center of Roman life and it is incredible that even today some of that lasts. Get tickets ahead of time and visit early or late in the day to avoid lines. There is so much more to see here than the Colosseum offers.

  • 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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