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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  • 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.

  • Liz Villalta

    - 23 May 2018 -

    Take your time going through the forum when you go in. Do some research before you go so that you can appreciate what you are seeing. Remember you must do palatine hill and the Roman forum on the same day- the ticket lets you into the colosseum on another day if you like. Take water and snacks and take it SLOW. There’s a lot you can see from the outside of the forum without paying for a ticket. Worth seeing Trojans column and the different forums from the street perspective. HIGHLY recommend. You cannot miss this if you are in Roma!

  • Alexander Russell

    - 01 May 2018 -

    It was from this small area that the Romans made the decisions that molded their empire, and thus influenced the history of Europe, the languages we speak, and so much more. The site is absolutely beautiful to behold, and there is so much to see. From the Curia to the arches, to the mind-blowing temples. Don't forget to visit the upper portion, where lots of people don't bother going. You get a spectacular view of the forum and the surrounding parts of Rome. On a personal note, this place was, along with the Colosseum, the most important thing to visit in the city, and I hope to return one day and see even more of it.

  • Lucas Baeta

    - 31 January 2018 -

    O Fórum era o centro do poder romano. Bem no centro da Roma Antiga, esse pequeno vale, entre as colinas do Palatino e do Capitólio, guarda os vestígios de uma poderosa civilização que marcou o mundo em que vivemos. As questões políticas, econômicas, religiosas e administrativas eram resolvidas ali. Cada pedra do fórum conta uma história, e as decisões que foram tomadas ali afetaram – e continuam afetando – a vida de milhões de pessoas. O Fórum Romano se desenvolveu gradualmente ao longo dos séculos até se tornar o local mais importante da cidade. Com o tempo, à medida que a cidade – e as conquistas – crescia, o Fórum se tornou pequeno demais para englobar tantos edifícios públicos necessários. A área passa a ser paulatinamente ampliada. Surgem o Fórum de César, o de Augusto e o de Trajano, formando o conjunto conhecido como “Fori Imperiali”. A quantidade de monumentos no fórum é enorme, e a visita pode ser um pouco confusa, pois nem todos os monumentos têm placas explicativas.

  • karthick Dharmarajan

    - 25 January 2018 -

    The place where Rome is founded. Full of history. Even a day is not enough to explore it fully. Temples of Saturn, Venus and other ancient guards are a sight to behold. Everything is preserved beautifully.

  • Sankalp Banerjee

    - 20 January 2018 -

    This is one of my favorite destinations. It is extremely difficult to pin down into words, the marvel and the beauty of the Roman forum. It’s the place of culture dating back to the fifth century A.D. or even before, it’s a place of history it’s a place to appreciate it. It’s very near to the Colloseo. I strongly recommend spending about a couple of hours taking photographs of this wonderful Roman forum

  • Srijan R Shetty

    - 26 December 2017 -

    I won't describe the Roman Forum because you have to see it to believe it. I'll stick to how to visit it. Definitely book tickets online, you get a two day ticket which provides entry to the Colosseum as well. Do not engage with any of the guides outside the Forum, even if they implore that they're providing free advice and are well intentioned. Also don't engage with street vendors selling antiques unless you want to be tricked into buying things. If you plan to visit both the Colosseum and Roman Forum on the same day, I'll suggest dropping by 12 and taking an hour for each. But the best plan of action would be to drop by at 3 in two consecutive days to skip the queue. I used Rick Steve's audio guide which is an hour long podcast with directions to visit both of these locations without spending a dime. It's not only free, but it's highly informative and easy to follow. Pro-tip: Book online, use an app for the guide and stay away from guides and vendors.

  • Joao Oliveira-Filho

    - 22 November 2017 -

    Beautiful! Should not be missed! The entrance fee gives you access to many more attractive points of the Roman Archeology. Take your time and be prepared to walk for a good three hours of you are serious about getting to know it! For us it has been a part of history that jumps from the books into our faces! Unforgettable experience for the ones who like to be in historical places.

  • 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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