Roman Forum
Roman Forum
4.5
Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks
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9:00 AM - 7:15 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 7:15 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:15 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:15 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:15 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 7:15 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:15 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 7:15 PM
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Located at the foot of Palatine Hill, the Forum is surrounded by ruins of Rome's most important government buildings. It's usually visited alongside the famous Colosseum.
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2-3 hours
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Neighborhood: Campitelli
How to get there
  • Fori Imperiali-Colosseo • 5 min walk
  • Colosseo • 5 min walk
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  • ERFSU82
    Wellington, Florida1,135 contributions
    A walk through history.
    Entering the Forum is like stepping through a time portal. The history is extraordinary, and the ruins hint at how impressive this area was 2,000 years ago. We spent about an hour wandering the site on our own, which was enough time (especially for our teenagers), although it would be easy to spend more time. TIP - Watch out for private “tour guides” offering you tickets outside the Forum, especially near the Colosseum. Some will even approach you as you wait in line at the ticket office (which sits between the Forum and the Colosseum). If you can plan ahead, it’s best to buy your tickets online from the official website (for the Parco Archeologico del Colosseo). If you are looking for tickets on the spot, start with the official ticket office, where tickets are least expensive. If they are sold out, a private tour guide may be able to get you in on a tour, but it will be much more expensive.
    Traveled with family
    Written November 29, 2022
  • theoriginalchrz
    Whiteley, United Kingdom91 contributions
    Absolutely incredible walk through some of the most significant ruins in history
    The Roman Forum and Palatine Hill was by far the highlight of our visit to Rome. This incredible archeological park has you walking the 2000 year old roads of ancient Rome, getting up close with the remains of temples and other major structures of this important area. You really feel the energy of history flowing. The view from Palatine Hill (the platform through the garden) is fabulous, with the dome of St Peter’s Basilica at one end, sweeping around to the Colosseum at the other. The park opens at 9.00 and highly recommend getting there early as you can enjoy much of it, including the Hill view without the crowds and the heat which build by mid morning. We spent around 3 hours. Online booking is required unless you have a free slot on the Roma card or are visiting as part of the Colosseum ticket.
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 14, 2022
  • travellingmatt572
    20 contributions
    Must do if you want to experience ancient Rome
    You can stand on the street and look over the fence and get a feel for some of the ruins but if you want to get up close you need to walk around the site. Buy a ticket before you travel, you can get them from coopculture.it (you can combine with a Colosseum entry too). We did a self guided tour which was fine because you can go at your own pace. Once you use your entry ticket you cannot go out again so make sure you allow enough time (2-3 hours). There is a small reasonably priced snack bar near one of the entrances and there are also frequent drinking water taps where you can top up a bottle.
    Written August 5, 2022
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Robin M
4 contributions
Feb 2022 • Couples
An excellent site, however it is unfortunately marred by the visitor experience being unworthy of such a gem.

There's a lot to see, but be aware that visitor interpretation on site is poor.

They may publish a closing time of 16.30 and you might budget your time to get round the site based on that information but be warned... the staff would seem to wish to go home at exactly that time, so will start closing off sections of the site and sweeping visitors toward the exit 45 minutes before, telling you that the site is closing by 16.15, but because there are a lot of people in the archaeological park (hardly any one visitor's fault - and let's face it, when is it not busy) they have to start pushing people out well before the published time, being prepared to lie about the true closing time to get you out.

Apparently in March they move the closing time later due to longer daylight, but this doesn't happen till then. So if you go in February especially to avoid summer crowds, be aware of the closing time being an hour before sunset- and be warned that what time they publish they close is not what time you have.
Written February 28, 2022
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FL T
3 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
The young security man at the exit to via dei fori imperiali was so rude and need some training how to provide customer Serivce! When our family of 4 were exiting the park, my wife decided to go the toilets before exiting while my 16-year-old son already at the exit line. I called my son back to waiting for family, the security started his very rude command to force all 3 of us who were still in the park out. I kindly explained to the personals at the gate and asked my son to wait for us ourside if the gate. But the security man was still pushing all of us out of the park! This is terrible!!!!! We paid the 4 tickets and why were forced leaving??? Any manager or supervisor there seeing this argument should report to your management and fire or educate this security man. It is unacceptable service for paid customers and it is absolutely a damaging behavior from one unqualified person. Anyone who experienced the same should report here too to make such kind of bad apple out of his employment.
Written July 4, 2022
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PaintedLadyHan
Birmingham, UK25 contributions
Feb 2022
The Forum itself is of course absolutely amazing and a fabulous thing to see. I don't need to say any more about that. It is one of the must see sites of Europe! I would give the Forum itself 5 balls!

......however, my 3 balls is for the visitor experience. Having waited in very long queues to get in our ticket said the site closed at 4:30pm. Unfortunately this meant the staff wanted to be in their cars and on the way home by 4:30pm. They wanted everyone out by 4:15pm and started closing off large areas of the site at 3:45pm not allowing you to visit them, so we ended up missing a large chunk at the bottom end which we had left to do to finish our visit, so we were really disappointed.

Also the interpretation and information on site could do with updating. the information about the key buildings uses words to describe architectural features which, if you don't know how Roman architecture works or those terms you wouldn't be able to picture it. Some good reconstructive drawings of some of the key buildings would be really useful and more user friendly descriptions.
Written February 28, 2022
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Coryy20
Port of Spain, Trinidad4,582 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
The Roman Forum is near the Colosseum. It is just as popular as the the Colosseum. The Roman Forum needs at least a couple hours minimum, to see it all and of course comfy shoes to walk through the ruins and well preserved ancient ruins and architectures.

It is also not free and you must visit with a tour guide who will walk you through and give explanations as to the history.

It is a sure essential visit especially if you are already in the vicinity of the Colosseum.
Written June 12, 2020
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angelo m
Frankfurt, Germany8 contributions
Nov 2022
this is the most historical place in Rome. It was a splendid experience walking in the archeological park with all historical hold roman monuments. We suggest to do it early in the morning and buya ticket which include Colossum, Palatine and Roman forum it costs only 18 €
Written November 27, 2022
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chimayred
Durham, NH2,300 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
NO way to buy tickets online. Better still no way to buy tickets at entry points.
Apparently if tickets are sold out the website (coopculture) doesn’t bother to tell you that. It just takes you thru the purchase process until the end when it flips you back to the beginning of the website after all your data is deleted. Oh, and it skips between Italian and English at whim. So when we went to buy tickets at the kiosk there was no one there. Ticket takers for those who were fortunate enough to get tickets just did the shrug and said no way to buy tickets. An infuriating country unfortunately over represented by cheats who simply can’t be bothered to help anyone and whose sole function is to dampen the enthusiasm for the Roman’s and Italians who do want to be honest gracious hosts.
We finally each bought a $40 guided tour to colosseum and forum which got us in and was worth it.
Having said that, the Forum was astounding. Five star all the way. Probably the greatest concentration of history in one place I’ve ever seen.
Written September 14, 2022
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Stardoe
Dubbo45 contributions
Jan 2020
Bought tickets for this as a combination with the Colosseum and Palatine Hill, but be warned, they are NOT three different venues with three different entries. Forum and Palatine Hill are the ONE entry so give yourself at least 3 hours to see both of them at once. You have to choose a time to visit the Colosseum, so best to do that first then Forum and Hill after lunch. Or Colosseum at about 3pm after a whole morning in the Forum and Hill. The Forum is extremely interesting and well worth stopping to read all of the information and also to go inside one of the Temples where there is a small museum. The small Forum ticket office just down the road from the Department of Defence building is the best place to enter as it's not obvious and there was no crowd at all.
Written January 21, 2020
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andrea Du
1 contribution
Oct 2022
we recommend it to all those who love culture and history. Walking through the ruins of the Roman Empire is something very exciting. However, we recommend reading a guide or a book on the history of Rome before the visit so that you can understand the uniqueness and power of the Roman Empire.
Written November 7, 2022
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Braxmaier
Germany27 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
... be aware it is really badly organised, so don't do it on yourself, take a guided tour with skip the line. If you don't you will have to queue for an hour minimum due to security checks, then you can buy a ticket for Forum Romanum und Colosseum, which means after you visited the Colosseum you leave it, go to the Forum Romanum directly next door and spend another hour or more for the next security check. No skip the line here without guide though.

TIP: make sure you have no bigger bags with you as they'll just send you away after queuing for hours. There is no place to store your luggage !!!

SKIP THE LINE: you can book skip the line tickets even with Google, but there are certain entry time so make sure you do that on advance.
Written February 16, 2020
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom7,866 contributions
Jun 2022
The Roman Forum is a large, sprawling and often confusing archaeological site. I don’t think I’m alone in finding it confusing. For starters, there are several forums in the same general area. It can be hard to tell where one ends and one starts and what’s left is mainly in ruins. To get the most out of it, you need a guide or really good guidebook and map of the layout.
For the most part, what you see are isolated groups of columns, missing statues, patches of flagstones and discarded blocks of marble and stone.
However the Roman Forum was once the beating heart of ancient Rome and despite the passing centuries, there are still some fairly substantial structures here.
The most impressive are the Curia (Senate House), the triumphal Arches of Septimius Severus and Titus, and the Temple of Saturn (see separate reviews). These are the better preserved buildings and structures and can clearly identify them. You can actually go inside the Curia, where you find remnants of the original marble flooring, some frescos, mosaics and relief fragments.
ENTRY:
* It is worth noting that you cannot buy a separate entry to the forum. It is included in the combo Colosseum/Roman Forum ticket. You have two days to use the pass but it's essential to book ahead.
* It is also possible to see quite a lot from the roadside, without buying a ticket, if you are walking up the to the Capitoline Museums
Written July 14, 2022
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