Roman Forum is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Rome.
Almost everybody who visits the Colosseum ends up visiting the Roman Forum.
In fact, it attracts more than 4 Million tourists every year.
What is Roman Forum?
Roman Forum is the stratification of the remains of the buildings and monuments of ancient Rome.
Back in the olden days, this region must have been the nerve center of the entire Roman civilization.
In ancient Rome, it must have been the city’s main plaza where citizens of every social strata met to exchange opinions, do business, buy in the markets and spend time with their family and friends.
The most ancient of the monuments you will see at Roman Forum date back to the sixth century BC.
Where is Roman Forum?
The Roman Forum is one of the most important archaeological sites in the world and is situated in the area between Piazza Venezia and the Colosseum.
To be more precise, the Roman Forum is located on a low ground between the Palatine and Capitoline hills.
Roman Forum address
Via della Salara Vecchia, 5/6, 00186 Roma RM, Italy.
Roman Forum opening hours
Roman Forum is open every day of the year, except on Christmas and New Year.
The Roman Forum opens at 8.30 in the morning and closes one hour before sunset.
Thus, the closing time varies throughout the year –
Last Sunday of March to end August: 7.30 pm
September: 7 pm
October: 6.30 pm
November to 15 February: 4.30 pm
16 February to 15 March: 5 pm
16 March to last Saturday of March: 5.30 pm
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Best time to visit Roman Forum
It is best to visit Roman Forum as early as they open – at 8.30 am – and start exploring before the crowd comes in.
If you can’t make it in the morning, the next best time is after 3 pm because the crowd has left by then and the sun also loses its bite.
Peak months at Roman Forum
The peak tourist season in Rome is from April to October.
If you plan to visit Roman Forum during these months, the only way you can avoid the crowd is by booking your tickets in advance.
But even then, you won’t be able to avoid the lines at the security line.
Free entry to Roman Forum
On the first Sunday of every month, visitors can enter Roman Forum for free.
However, since everybody can get in without buying a ticket, long lines result in long waiting times.
If you are below 18 years of age, entry is anyway free for you. EU citizens between the age of 18-25 years get discounted tickets too.
How long does Roman Forum take
Roman Forum tickets can only be bought in combination with the Roman Colosseum and the Palatine Hill.
Visitors typically spend two hours exploring the Roman Forum.
All the three attractions – the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill can be explored in four hours.
Since the Roman Forum tickets are valid for two days, some tourists spread the exploration of these three sites over two days.
Why buy Roman Forum tickets online?
While buying tickets for Roman Forum you have three options –
– Call Colosseum’s call center at +39 06 399 677 00 and book over the phone
– Visit Colosseum’s ticketing counter and stand in the queue to book
– From your mobile or desktop, book your Roman Forum tickets online
Out of these three options, our favorite is online booking because of two reasons –
- Booking tickets via the call center is cumbersome and takes a very long time.
- One can expect long lines waiting lines at the Colosseum ticket counters. During peak times the wait can be as high as 90 minutes.
Roman Forum tickets
Since you can’t buy Roman Forum tickets alone, you must buy them in combination with a Colosseum and Palatine hill visit.
The ‘Open’ tickets are valid for two consecutive days for an entrance to the Colosseum and to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hills.
All the tickets suggested below are smartphone tickets.
That is, the tickets will be delivered to your email, and you can show it on your smartphone and walk in.
No need to take printouts.
All these tickets get you free tourist assistance at the Touristation office (Piazza d’Aracoeli, 16.
1. Tickets for Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill: Priority Entrance
This ticket gets you:
- Priority entrance into the Colosseum and access to the first and second floors
- Access to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
- A downloadable map of the Colosseum
- 15-minute 3D multimedia video (in English)
While booking the ticket, you must select a time slot and on the day of your visit reach the ‘Individual Entrance Gate’ half an hour before your slot.
Children under 18 get in free. However, you must get a free ticket for them once you reach the venue.
Adult Ticket (18+ years): 24 Euros
*Valid ID card will be needed at the entrance
If you want to add a video guide of the Colosseum to the above Priority Entrance ticket, it will cost you 5 Euros more. Find out More
2. Last Minute Tickets for Colosseum & Roman Forum
If you forgot to book the Roman Forum and Colosseum tickets in advance, for an extra 2 Euros per person, you can book them at the last minute.
Some visitors reach the venue, see the long lines at the ticket counter, and then get online to book these last minute tickets.
These tickets are also known as same day Colosseum tickets.
Since these are tickets being booked at the eleventh hour, there are no discounts for kids.
Adult Ticket (1+ years): 26 Euros
*Valid ID card will be needed at the entrance
3. Colosseum & Roman Forum Guided Tour
This ticket gets you skip-the-line entrance to the Colosseum and Roman Forum.
A local expert helps you on an immersive guided tour of the Colosseum and the Roman Forum and takes you back to the gory glory days of the once-mighty empire.
This 3-hour long tour is available in both English and Spanish and you can select your language on the ticket booking page.
Adult ticket (18+ years): 55 Euros
Child ticket (5 to 17 years): 42 Euros
4. Colosseum Arena Floor Access & Roman Forum
This is a special experience because besides access to the Colosseum’s 1st and 2nd floors, this ticket also gets you access to the Arena.
Arena is the base of the Colosseum where all the gladiator action happened.
The three exclusions of this ticket are – Colosseum’s 4th and 5th floors and the Underground level.
Ticket Price (1+ years): 37 Euros
Roman Forum combo tours
Since there are so many attractions to see in Rome, there are quite a few popular combo tours which also include access to the Roman Forum.
Combo tours are popular because they help save up to 20% of the cost of tickets.
1. Colosseum + Roman Forum + Vatican Museums + St Peter’s Basilica + Sistine Chapel
If you are on a budget, we recommend you buy this one ticket and finish your Roman holiday.
This ticket gets you access to:
- Roman Forum
- Palatine Hill
- Vatican Museums
- Sistine Chapel
- St. Peter’s Basilica
This combo ticket is free for kids under six, disabled visitors and their one carer.
Adult ticket (18+ years): 80 Euros
Child ticket (7 to 17 years): 60 Euros
2. Colosseum + Roman Forum + Mamertine Prison
This tour starts with a self-guided tour of Mamertine Prison with a tablet, which takes about 1 hour.
This prison was once home to vanquished emperors and kings, and Saint Peter and Saint Paul.
You then walk 15 minutes to reach Colosseum and the Roman Forum.
Adult ticket (18+ years): 28 Euros
Child ticket (6 to 17 years): 6 Euros
Roman Forum with Roma Pass
Roma Pass is Rome’s best tourist pass and helps tourists benefit from free entries into limited sites, ticket discounts at many attractions and free transportation within the city.
Roma Pass is available in two forms – the 48 hours Pass and the 72 hours Pass.
With the 48 hours pass you can visit one Museum or archeological site for free. Within these 48 hours, you get reduced ticket price at all other Roman attractions.
With the 72 hours Pass, you can visit two Museums or archeological site for free. And within the 72 hours, you qualify for a reduced price at all tourist destinations in Rome.
Roma Pass allows free use of the city’s public transport network.
How to use Roma Pass for Roman Forum?
And yes, it is possible to visit Roman Forum for free with Roma Pass.
As per Roma Pass, Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill count as one attraction. This means if you by Roma Pass you can see all three for free.
If you want, you can see all the three sites on the same day or you can split them over two days.
For instance, you can visit the Colosseum on one day and the Roman Forum/Palatine Hills the next (or the other way around).
However, you can’t split your visit to Roman Forum and Palatine Hill – both must be explored on the same day.
Cost of 48 hours Roma Pass: 28 Euros
Cost of 72 hours Roma Pass: 38.50 Euros
Kids under 10 can use the public transport and visit all museums and sites in the city for free. They must be accompanied by a Roma Pass carrying adult.
What to see in the Roman forum?
During your visit to the Roman Forum, 16 monuments are must-see. Check out our list –
1. Arch of Titus
The Arch of Titus is the oldest of the Roman arches, located on the Via Sacra.
It was erected after the death of Titus by his successor Domitian, to pay homage to the capture of Jerusalem.
Titus, who became the Emperor in 79 AD, is depicted in his chariot accompanied by the goddess of Victory from the treasury of the Temple.
2. Basilica of Constantine or Maxentius
The last Basilica constructed in the Forum Romanum was the Basilica of Constantine or Maxentius.
Its construction was started by Emperor Maxentius in 308 CE.
This grand building housed a huge statue of Constantine.
History has it that Constantine altered the original plan of the Basilica to better suit his own tastes and needs.
3. Temple of Romulus
This circular temple was built in A.D. 307 dedicated to Romulus, son of Maxentius.
When Romulus died, his father commissioned the temple and had him deified.
4. Temple of Antoninus and Faustina
The Temple of Antoninus and Faustina is an ancient Roman temple which has been adopted as a Roman Catholic church, namely, the “Chiesa di San Lorenzo” in Miranda.
It is situated in the Forum Romanum, on the Via Sacra, opposite the Regia.
It was converted into the church of San Lorenzo in Miranda, in the 12th century. When Emperor Charles V visited Rome in 1536, the columns were disengaged from the medieval masonry.
5. Temple of Vesta
Temple of Vesta is one of the holiest buildings in ancient Rome.
It contained the Sacred Fire which is of great importance to Rome.
It was a sanctuary of Rome dedicated to Vesta, the Roman goddess of the hearth and over whose cult the Vestal Virgins presided.
The present remains indicate that the temple was circular with 20 slender columns supporting the roof.
6. House of the Vestal Virgins
Adjoining the Temple of Vesta is the house of the Vestal Virgins.
There are the statues of the head vestals with inscriptions of their virtues on the pedestals in the courtyard.
The sacred Palladium has drawings of Pallas Athene brought by Aeneas from Troy and various ancient statues kept in the House of the Vestals.
7. Temple of Castor and Pollux
Castor and Pollux were called the Gemini twins, the twin sons of Zeus and Leda.
Three Corinthian columns are the only things that survive from the Temple of Castor and Pollux.
They were originally built in 484 BC by the son of the dictator Aulus Postumius and then rebuilt in the reign of Tiberius in the first century AD.
8. Santa Maria Antiqua
It is one of the oldest Roman churches.
It was founded in the 6th century AD in parts of the Roman Forum built under Emperor Domitian.
The Church displays a collection of wall paintings as one of the few artistic exemplars in the world of the development of Roman art.
9. Temple of Julius Caesar
The temple of Julius Caesar was built by Augustus (Caesar’s nephew), to commemorate the spot where his body was cremated and to honor his memory as God.
Today one of the most visited archaeological sites in Italy was once the beating heart of Ancient Rome.
People still visit this temple to pay respects to the great ruler.
10. Basilica Aemilia (Emilia)
The Basilica Aemilia was built in 179 BC and is situated at the entrance of the Forum.
There were four Republic-era Basilicas constructed in the Forum out of which this is the only one to have substantial remains left today.
It was known to be a public meeting spot and was restored many times between 55 – 34 BCE.
11. The Curia or Senate House
The Curia was a meeting place of the Roman Senate which was turned into a church to prevent it from destruction.
It is one of the most protected buildings in the Roman Forum.
The first Curia was devised in the time of the kings because of fires and other damage.
12. Forum Main Square
It is a rectangular forum (Plaza) surrounded by the ruins of ancient government buildings and it is at the center of the city of Rome.
Also, known by its Latin name Forum Romanum.
It is said that the Forum has been there from the earliest times and remained in use even after the city’s decline.
13. Column of Phocas
Opposite the Curia is the newest remains from ancient times known to be the Column of Phocas.
Erected in 608 A.D. in honor of Emperor Phocas, this single column is one of the last monuments to be placed in the Roman Forum.
14. Arch of Septimius Severus
The Roman Senate and residents traditionally constructed arches honoring victorious emperors.
On the arch, four deep marble reliefs depict episodes from wars.
The arch is considered the spot of the Umbilicus Urbis, the symbolic center of Rome.
15. Rostrum or Rostra
The Rostra is a large platform built in the city of Rome that has been there during the imperial periods.
Rostra gets its name from the six rostra which were captured at Antium in 338 BC.
This elevated spot was used by the then magistrates, politicians, advocates and other orators spoke to the assembled people of Rome.
16. Temple of Saturn
Built around 497 BC, the Temple of Saturn was one of the most important and respected parts of the Republic of Rome.
This temple housed the treasury where the Roman Republic’s reserves of gold and silver were stored.
It has been repeatedly rebuilt in the 4th Century AD due to the damage sustained by fire.
The temple can be recognized by its eight weathered Ionic columns.