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5 historical facts about the Roman Forum's development

Unlike the other forums across Rome's empire, the ancient capital's center of public life wasn't simply planned and built, but evolved slowly as the great city grew. Here are five facts about the original Forum Romanum's history!

It was a meeting point before a stone was laid

Situated on a marshy plain between the key Capitoline and Palatine Hills of Rome, the site naturally became a local meeting point long before an official Forum was planned.

The marshland was drained by Tarquin the Elder

Legend has it that the initial Comitium emerged after both hilltop tribes made peace. Until Rome's 5th king built the Cloaca Maxima, most of the site was too swampy to be usable.

It served several uses

The forum served as the center of Rome's public life for centuries, hosting public speeches, military processions, criminal trials, gladiatorial matches, markets, and much more!

It became home to early Roman Catholic monuments

Constantine I built the Basilica of Maxentius in 312AD as the last major expansion of the forum. Over time, several of the other temples were converted into Christian churches.

Rising ground made it impossible to maintain

Flooding of the Tiber river and erosion from its surrounding hills caused the ground to rise, slowing covering the monuments. By the Middle Ages the site was being used as a pasture!

Roman Forum: Our Tips

When to visit?

Tickets are valid for two days but also cover the Colosseum and Palatine Hill. That's a lot to see so make sure you arrive there nice and early on both days! The Forum opens from 8:30AM (except holidays), but closing times vary depending on the season. You'll have more time between April and September. If not booking in advance, use the Palatine Hill ticket office, as the queue will be mercifully short compared to that at the Colosseum!

How to get there?

Don't let the maps fool you! Although there are Metro stations nearby, none of them are that close to an actual entrance! Colosseo (by the Colosseum, in case it's not obvious) is the closest but you'll still need to walk to the main entrance up Via dei Fori Imperiali. Otherwise, take either the 51, 85, 87, 118, or 810 bus to the stop Fori Imperiali.

Good to Know

  • When to visit
    The Forum opens at 8:30AM daily (except holidays) and closes an hour before sunset.
  • What is the price?
    The adult ticket is just € 12,00 and is valid for two days, for the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It will definitely help. Might be worth it to check out our best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    Plan to walk from the Colosseo Metro stop, or take the 51, 85, 87, 118 or 810 bus to the Fori Imperiali stop.
  • Additional tips
    Admission is free the first Sunday of the month! | There is a € 2 booking fee for booking in advance and skipping the queue.

What People Are Saying About Roman Forum

Fantastic tour, great guide and very informative.

Really great tour with a fantastic tour guide. Very informative and presented in a relaxed and comfortable manner. Well worth the money and would highly recommend booking.

Fantastic tour with plenty of relevant information

The tour of the coloseum was done in a great format with all the relevant historic details without getting overloaded. Thanks to Stephan who was happy to answer all questions competently. He makes a great photographer too !! The palaces and ancient Rome section was great too.

Skip the Line: Colosseum and Ancient Rome Walking Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 11/28/2016

The tour guide was very informative and we also covered alot of ground

For the money I paid I believe that it was definitely worth it. The best part was being able to skip the line at the colosseum which was insane by the time we finished the Roman Forum. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and told everything we needed to know.

Skip the Line: Colosseum and Ancient Rome Walking Tour Reviewed by cristopher, 11/28/2016

Greatest tour guides in Rome! (Silvia & blonde lady with xmas name)

Very informative and entertaining. Not a moment wasted and allowed ample time for pictures and breaks. Worth every penny!!!! 10 stars

Amazing knowledgeable and fun tour guide!

Awesome experience! I highly recommend this tour to anyone that is remotely interested in Italian/Roman history. We saved a significant amount of time, and learned a lot of historical information on this tour!

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