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Visiting the Roman Forum

The Roman Forum (Foro Romano) was once the center of ancient Rome, with tempels, markets and government buildings. While all that remains today in  an array of ancient columns and arches, the forum is one of the most important archaeological sites in Italy. Whether you choose a private tour or small-group tour it is recommended to visit with a local guide who can help you navigate the large space and told you the stories of Roman emperors. 

Inside the archaeological area, stick to the Forum's main thoroughfare, Via Sacra, so you pass by important ruins such as the Julia Curia - the Senat house of the ancient Rome and the house of the Vestal Virgins. Some of the forum's most impressive ruins inlcude the while marble arch of Settimio Severo, the first-century Arch of Titus and the remains of the Basilica of Maxentius and Constantine. 

Besides the great number of temples that are in the forum you should pay attention to the following points of interest:

  • Via Sacra - this was the main street in ancient Rome which linked the Piazza del Campidoglio with the Colosseum
  • Arch of Titus - this is a triumphal arch that commemorates Rome's victory over Jerusalem.
  • Arch of Septimius Severus - an arch erected in the year 203 A.D. to commemorate the third anniversary of Septimius Severus as the emperor.
  • Temple of Antoninus and Faustina - built in the second century, the Temple of Antoninus and Faustina sets itself apart as the best preserved temple in the Roman Forum.
  • Basilica of Maxentius and Constantine - though now mostly destroyed, its size suggests that this was one of the most important buildings of the Roman Forum.
  • The Curia - in this building the Senate met to make administrative decisions and about the Roman government
  • Column of Phocas - erected in the year 608 A.D. in honour of the emperor of Byzantium,  this column, which is over 13 meters high, if one of the few that have remained.

Top tips for visiting the Roman Forum

  • The adult ticket is €16 and is valid for two days, for the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.
  • Tickets for Roman Forum are valid for two days but also cover the Colosseum and Palatine Hill. Make sure to arrive there early on both days to have a time to visit everything!
  • The Forum opens from 8:30 a.m. (except holidays), but closing times vary depending on the season.
  • If not booking in advance, use the Palatine Hill ticket office, as the lines will be short compared to the at the Colosseum

Skip-the-line tickets for visiting Roman Forum

How to get to the Roman Forum

The Roman Forum is situated in the area between Piazza Venezia and the Colosseum. Although there are metro stations nearby, none of them are close to the entrance. Colosseo metro station, which in on the Blue metro line is the closest but you'll still need to walk to reach the main entrance up Via dei Fori Imperiali.

You can also take either the 51, 85, 87, 118 or 810 bus to the stop Fori Imperiali. If you are staying somewhere in the historic centre you can easily reach Roman Forum on foot or by using public transport. If you are coming from the Vatican area, across the Tiber River, you should take Metro line A (Red) to Termini Station and change there for Metro line B (Blue) to Colosseo stop.

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