Roman Forum

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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!

Planning Your Visit

  • 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 should I visit?
    The Forum opens at 8:30AM daily (except holidays) and closes an hour before sunset.
  • Is it expensive?
    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 information
    Admission is free the first Sunday of the month! | There is a € 2 booking fee for booking in advance and skipping the queue.

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What people are saying about Roman Forum

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We met our guide, Andrea, who proceeded to tell us exactly how the tour would work and what we would see. He guided us through security and talked about the Colosseum and its history while we waited for our guide to accompany us to the underground level. Andrea was extremely knowledgeable and was able to answer every question we threw in his direction. He really made us appreciate what a marvel the Colosseum is. After touring the underground, arena floor and upper level of the Colosseum, we made our way to the Palatine hill and then from there down to the forum. Andrea was engaging and interesting the entire time. All in all, an excellent tour.

What a Great Tour. Couldn't have asked anymore from our Tour Guide. She was so informative and spent so much time explaining everything in the Roman Forum, Palatine Hill and the Colosseum. She really is a credit to Get Your Guide. Would highly recommend booking

Lorenzo was awesome! He made a good atmosphere full of laughing and good vibes! He answered all the questions and we spend 3 enjoyable hours on the tour! Highly recommend!

Mega amazing guide, we got a really in-depth account of the Colloseum, the Romans and the ruins of Rome. This trip can definitely be recommended.

Thank you for the amazing experience.Our guide Emmanuella was amazing.Great knowledge and great personality