Roman Forum

See the haunting ruins that were once the center of public life for everyday Romans.

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Roman Forum: Our most recommended tours and activities

Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill Entry Tickets

1. Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill Entry Tickets

Skip the long ticket line and go straight to the fast track entrance for security checks. After entering the Colosseum at your allotted time, relive the stories of emperors and gladiators. Begun under the emperor Vespasian in 72 AD, and completed by his son Titus in 80 AD, the Colosseum was the largest amphitheater ever built. Imagine the ferocious fights between man and beast, as you stand in the elliptical arena, comprised of 4 levels, and once able to seat up to 73,000 spectators. Your ticket also includes one entry to the Palatine Hill and Roman Forum, must-see sights for all those visiting the “Eternal City.” According to ancient tradition, this is the spot where Rome was born. Look down at the ruins of temples in the Imperial Forum, center of all political, social, and economic life in the city during the Roman Republic. Experience the most ancient parts of Rome from the most significant of its “Seven Hills.”

Colosseum & Forum Ticket with Multimedia Video

2. Colosseum & Forum Ticket with Multimedia Video

Start your experience at the local partner's office, where you'll pick up your tickets and enjoy a 25-minute multimedia video about ancient Rome. With your ticket, discover the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill. Visit the Roman Forum where everyday Roman citizens used to live to see the tomb of emperor Julius Caesar and explore the ancient ruins at your own pace. Your ticket also includes entrance to Palatine Hill, the site of the foundation of Rome, and the settlement of the most important houses of emperors and kings. Located just feet away from the Roman Forum and Circus Maximum, it is the centermost of the 7 hills of Rome.  Afterwards, visit one of the most famous monuments in the world, the Colosseum. As you explore the immense amphitheater — the largest ever built by the Roman Empire — imagine the gladiator fights and public spectacles that took place in the arena.

Colosseum: Fast-Entry Tour with Palatine and Forum Access

3. Colosseum: Fast-Entry Tour with Palatine and Forum Access

Get skip-the-line access on a guided tour of Rome's Colosseum. Get a deeper understanding of the social and historical elements surrounding these sites. After meeting your guide at Largo Gaetana Agnesi, gain first-hand experience of Rome’s gladiatorial past and develop a deeper understanding of how prior civilizations shaped the monument. Begin your experience on the first level and hear about the bloody gladiator battles that once took place there. Next, witness the seating arrangement that symbolized the rigid nature of ancient Roman society. Before the conclusion of the Colosseum tour, experience the second level and enjoy the best views inside and outside the structure. After visiting the Colosseum, your guide or a staff member will take you to the entrance of the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill so you can continue to explore these sites on your own.

Rome: Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour

4. Rome: Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour

The open-top, double-decker bus provides fantastic views and a great atmosphere to enjoy Rome's charm. From the iconic Colosseum and the famous Spanish Steps to the stunning Vatican, the city's history and majestic architecture will take your breath away. A fully narrated audio tour allows you to discover over 10 locations throughout the city with daily departures from the starting point at Termini Railway Station. You have the option to join the tour from any of the stops on the route. You may also experience the “eternal city” on foot with fantastic digital, self-guided walking tours. Some of the locations you can see on the tour route include: Colosseum Roman Forum Trevi Fountain Spanish Steps Piazza di Spagna Vatican St. Peter's Square Piazza Navona Pantheon Castel Sant'Angelo Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore Circus Maximus Piazza Venezia Altare della Patria Piazza Barberini Termini Railway Station

Rome: Colosseum Underground & Arena With Skip-the-Line Entry

5. Rome: Colosseum Underground & Arena With Skip-the-Line Entry

The Colosseum underground is a fantastic visit, taking in both reconstructions and the original ruins of the underground level where gladiators and animals were once kept before they were hoisted onto the arena floor. Feel the fear and hear the roar of the crowd above you as you enjoy this full tour underground at the Colosseum. Stepping beneath the arena floor, you'll walk in the footsteps of gladiators who waited here before battle and hear stories about the real lives of the gladiators as you tour the tunnels below. Afterward, walk to the nearby Roman Forum, once the city’s political hub. Enjoy views of the ruins before climbing Palatine Hill, the residential area of ancient Rome’s elites, and gaze down at the Circus Maximus chariot circuit.

Rome: City Highlights, Vatican Pass and Free Transport

6. Rome: City Highlights, Vatican Pass and Free Transport

Make your stay in Rome an unforgettable and unique experience with the 3-day OMNIA Vatican Card and Roma Pass. It’s actually 2 passes rolled into one. Roma Pass grants you free entry to 2 out of 5 top attractions plus discounts at a further 30 top sights and a travel card. The OMNIA Vatican Card allows entry to all top sights in Vatican City plus a 3-day hop-on hop-off bus tour. You will also receive a free guidebook and map to help you plan your itinerary as well as dedicated itineraries that allow you to explore the city at your own pace. The OMNIA Card includes: • Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel - advanced reservation needed (instructions on the confirmation voucher) • Entrance to the Basilica of St. John in the Lateran and cloister with multimedia audio-guide • Entrance to St. Peter’s Basilica including multilingual audio-guide app - advanced reservation needed (instructions on the confirmation voucher) • Carcer Tullianum / Mamertine Prison (St Peter's Prison) - advanced reservations required (instructions on the confirmation voucher) • Vox City Guide app • Open Bus Vatican and Rome / Roma Cristiana The Roma Pass includes free admission to 2 of the following attractions (adult tickets only): • Capitoline Museums • Castel Sant'Angelo • The Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill - advanced reservation needed (instructions on the confirmation voucher) • Borghese Gallery - advanced reservation needed (instructions on the confirmation voucher) It also includes price reductions to many museums and attractions, including the following: Museums: • Castel Sant'Angelo National Museum • National Roman Museum – Palazzo Massimo alle Terme • National Roman Museum – Palazzo Altemps • National Roman Museum – Crypta Balbi • National Roman Museum – Baths of Diocletian • National Gallery in Palazzo Barberini • Etruscan Museum of Villa Giulia • Musei Capitolini • Centrale Montemartini • National Museum of Oriental Art • MACRO - Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Roma • MAXXI - National Museum of XXI Century Arts • Planetarium and astronomical museum Attractions: • Trajan's Market • Palazzo Valentini – Archaeological Area of the Domus Romane • Ara Pacis Roma Cristiana Open Bus Tour. This panoramic hop-on hop-off bus tour stops at: 1. Saint Peter's Basilica 2. Piazza Navona 3. Santa Maria ad Martyres Pantheon 4. Santa Maria in Aracoeli 5. Termini Central Station 6. Santa Maria Maggiore 7. San Giovanni - Holy Stairs 8. Colosseum - Roman Forum 9. Circus Maximus 10. Tiber Island 11. Palazzo Farnese

Rome: Colosseum with Arena and Underground Tour

7. Rome: Colosseum with Arena and Underground Tour

Immerse yourself in Roman history with a licensed guide and exclusive access to the Colosseum's arena floor and underground level. You won't miss out on anything when exploring the two levels of the Colosseum and walking through the ruins in the Roman Forum and the Imperial Palaces on Palatine Hill. Go underneath the Colosseum and explore the tunnels of the hypogeum, the Latin word for the underground. See the tunnels in the underground level of the Colosseum where the animals and the gladiators were held before the fights. Move on to the reconstructed arena floor where your guide will tell you about the gladiator fights and the wild animals that used to be found there during the Roman imperial period. Finish off this portion of the tour inside the Colosseum by visiting the first and second rings of the Colosseum. From the Colosseum, walk to the Roman Forum where everyday life took place in ancient Rome. Admire the ruins of Ceasar's Temple and the Arch of Titus. Then visit Palatine Hill and check out the Imperial Palaces. Learn about the Domitian Palace, the Domus Augusti, the Temple of Apollo.

Colosseum and Ancient Rome Family Tour for Kids

8. Colosseum and Ancient Rome Family Tour for Kids

Discover the historic highlights of Ancient Rome with a local, child-friendly guide. Play fun games suitable for the entire family to bring the story of the Roman Empire and some of its greatest monuments back to life. Follow in the footsteps of emperors and the fearless gladiators who went into battle with wild animals at the mighty Colosseum. Skip the long lines to the magnificent amphitheater and hear fascinating stories about the entertainments that took place to delight the emperors and roaring crowds.  Walk along the same roads as Roman citizens at the ruins of the Roman Forum. Marvel at the remains of the temples and ancient courthouses. See the Imperial Palace and the altar of Julius Caesar, along with the Arch of Constantine and Arch of Titus. Take part in treasure hunts and other interactive activities, and see 3D reconstructions of the buildings to bring them back to life.

Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill Fast-Track Tour

9. Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill Fast-Track Tour

Go back in time to the glorious days of Ancient Rome on a guided tour with fast-track entry. Explore the Colosseum, Arch of Constantine, Roman Forum, Arch of Titus, Temple of Romulus, Temple of Julius Caesar, Senate House, Palatine Hill, and Stadium of Domitian. Breeze past the crowds and enter the Colosseum with your guide. As you explore this Roman structure, your guide will set the scene for what attending a gladiator match was like. Discover the first and second tiers of the Colosseum, areas that were reserved for Rome’s most elite. Learn how the Colosseum was built and the history of the bloody battles that defined ancient Roman history. Spend an hour inside the Colosseum, which is perfect for families or those who want to cover the most ground in little time. Next, follow your guide to Palatine Hill, the site where Romulus is said to have founded the city in 753 B.C. Admire the opulent palaces characterized by detailed artifacts and mosaics. Besides being the residence of Rome’s most elite, they were enormous treasure troves. See a piece of an ancient Roman aqueduct. Finally, make your way to the Roman Forum. Be escorted around what the locals like to call “ancient downtown Rome.” Discover the cultural hub of ancient Rome where all the action happened, from senate meetings to poetry performances and political protests.

Rome: Best of Rome Pass with Public Transport

10. Rome: Best of Rome Pass with Public Transport

Discover the Eternal City at your own pace with an all-access pass to the main monuments of Rome. Redeem your voucher at the office at your selected booking time and the staff will help you reserve all of your attractions. Visit St Peter’s Basilica at your own pace. Stroll through the striking aisles of the largest church in the world, admire Michelangelo's "Pieta", and the beautifully carved Bernini Pulpit. Take the stress out of your visit with accompanied entrance to each attraction. Encounter masterpieces of art in the corridors, courtyards, and galleries of the Vatican Museums. See Michelangelo's frescoes in the Sistine Chapel and pay your respects to former popes at the site of their tombs. Journey back to the days of the Roman Empire with a ticket to the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Follow in the footsteps of Roman citizens at the Via Sacra and discover where the city was founded on Palatine Hill. Use your unlimited public transport card to explore the city. Enrich your base option with the Vatican Gardens by minibus and discover the architectural wonders of the Vatican Gardens with a multi-lingual audioguide.

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

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 90,188 reviews

Augustus was fantastic, a warm and entertaining host who boasted fantastic knowledge of the Colosseum, Forum and Palatine Hill. Was accommodating and happy to answer questions some of the party had throughout and offered suggestions to further enhance our trip to the city following the tour itself. Thank you, Augustus!

Agostino was absolutely incredible. He was incredibly knowledgeable about the areas of the tour, was fun and witty throughout. If you are on the fence about booking an experience like this one, take this as your sign that it’s SO worth it! You will NOT be disappointed!

Excellent experience. We were able to see the grounds and have an intimate exploration with someone who had archaeological experience at the site.

Skip the line! Easy acces! All very impressive! Take your time over there, you'll need it!

Great guide! Great Guide! Highly Recommended! Thanks Norbert