Roman Agora
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The area
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Neighborhood: Plaka
Due to its proximity to the Acropolis, Plaka remains the area where the majority of foreign visitors stay and play. Its attractive features include small squares, some notable museums and the beautiful Mitropolis cathedral, as well as a host of places to stay, eat and drink. Its pedestrian zones make it a pleasant place to escape from the city’s notorious traffic. Adrianou and Kidathineon Streets contain a number of souvenir shops, offering classier items than you will find in the Flea Market. The most rewarding section to explore is the upper reaches towards the Acropolis itself, where many old stone houses with tiled roofs have survived. Up here you can find leafier corners and the odd quaint taverna with unobstructed views of the ancient rock.
How to get there
  • Monastiraki • 3 min walk
  • Akropoli • 4 min walk
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  • Ian D
    San Luis Obispo, California583 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spent more time waiting for it to open!
    This site comes with the Ministry of Culture 5-site ticket. It's worth a look, but I spent more time waiting for it to open than I spent inside. And I could get all of my photos from outside. But it was part of the ticket, so I went. If you read every sign, your visit would probably be about 20min.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 20, 2023
  • Emily
    London, United Kingdom407 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting Visit
    Well maintained sight and very interesting to visit, some great examples of Roman buildings with some information boards. Recommend sturdy shoes as paths are uneven. Only a small site, so shouldn't need long.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 23, 2023
  • VanillaAce
    Saint Simons Island, Georgia1,010 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    If included with your tour visit, if not skip.
    Many other archaeological sites are more interesting. I would rate this site as 4th best in Athens to visit. One intact rounded building is cool but mostly pieces on the ground with several old columns. Cool photo opportunity of wall with columns near entrance.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 15, 2023
  • Jydeoo
    Lagos, Nigeria2,311 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stepping back in time
    Roman Agora also known as the Roman Forum. Walking into the remains of the Roman Agora was like being transported back in time. This ancient business center has a truly fascinating history. The ancient columns stood tall and proud, testifying to the architectural genius of the Romans. The Gates of Athena Archegetis welcomed me with open arms, and it is an ideal place for photos or selfies. A portico surrounds the agora, adding further grandeur to the setting. Various inscriptions dotted the area, offering a glimpse into the past. One of such speaks to the existence of the Agoranomion, the market official's office. There were several other buildings, or I should say reminants of buildings, most significant of which is the Horologion of Andronikos, a tower to tell weather and time. The tower is visible from many places in this central part of Athens, and practically all who visit the Roman Forum get to its base at the far side of this archeological site.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 22, 2023
  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom10,826 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Included in the €30 Acropolis Combo Ticket
    Confusingly, there are two agoras in Athens. The Ancient Agora, which is the main tourist sight and is a large archaeological area spread over extensive grounds, and this much tinier, Roman Agora. They are close together and within easy walking distance of each other. The Roman Agora was the bustling, thriving centre of the city’s commercial activity during Roman times, hence the name. It was a large, square structure with an internal colonnade that housed businesses and shops. Today you enter through the still imposing Gate of Archigetis Athena. It has always been the main entrance but in ancient times, there was also a second entry at the opposite end. The Gate and the Tower of the Winds are the two main highlights here (see separate reviews on each one). Another curious sight is the ‘Vespasianae’, or public toilet block - possibly the only ancient ruin that might trigger the kids’ interest. As others have commented, most of the agora can be seen from the street so you don’t have to pay to go in. Entry is €8 which is kind of expensive for what is a very small site. However it is included in a €30 combo ticket and this is what we bought. It was excellent value and I’d highly recommend it. It includes entry to the Roman Agora as well as the Ancient Agora, the Acropolis and 4 other sites. Entry to the Acropolis on its own is €20 so if it is your first time to Athens, it makes sense to buy this. It’s worth noting that if you’re here in winter, many sites are half price so the combo ticket is not as effective then.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 6, 2023
  • Ciara E
    Minnesota28 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Look from the outside, Don't pay to visit
    The Roman Agora was cool, but it wasn't worth the entry fee. Just seeing it from the outside is enough. There are much cooler things to do and see in Athens. I would recommend visiting the acropolis and the ancient agora instead, and if you're still interested in seeing more things like them, visit nearby Hadrian's Library as all of them are much more worthy of the entry fee. The Roman Agora is worth seeing, but you can see it from the street instead of entering.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written April 23, 2024
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leileireid
London, UK714 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Friends
You see literally 80% of what is on offer from the street level. You can very easily walk around the perimeter and understand the layout and it’s importance, you unfortunately do not gain very much from paying to go inside. The signage is at a minimal inside so if you have knowledge of the site then Google could answer most of it for you.

This site was included in our pass and we head read that there was a museum on site however when we asked a member of staff she was rude and just waved us to the ticket check point. The member of staff at the ticket check point was more helpful and basically it’s information on a gentleman who helped restore the sight.
Written September 29, 2021
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Eileen108
Mount Shasta, CA4,370 contributions
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Oct 2019
Amazing to see this historical monument, which was on my bucket list! Actually I did not go inside due to lack of time, but just saw it from through the gates, but still it was a great view! This was a stop on the free "Rick Steves Athens City Walk" audio which I was listening to. He talked us through the rich history which made seeing it all the more meaningful. The audio tour is available for free download online so I highly recommend when visiting Athens!
Written August 31, 2020
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Thomas G
Amsterdam, The Netherlands1,818 contributions
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Jan 2022
The Roman Agora is a cool sight to visit, but it is not the best ancient site of Athens. It is absolutely worth it to visit and get into it, so you can see the inside of the wind tower and be surrounded by the higher standings of the city and see the ancient artifacts up close. The whole site will take you about 15 minutes. The Roman Agora is free on the first Sunday of the winter months (more ancient attractions btw).
Written January 13, 2022
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Shush
Kingswinford, UK156 contributions
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Feb 2020
Worth a visit with Athena's Gate and the Tower of the Winds being on the site. Foundations of shops and ancient pathways with some remaining columns. Signage is pretty sparse as with all Athens sights, giving architectural information but not a lot of history.
We purchased 30 euro combined ticket which works out cheaper in summer but probably not so for winter as prices are reduced, also we found there is no need to actually go into two of the sites. Another thing to watch is that seniors have a cheaper entry fee as well.
Written February 17, 2020
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Kevin S
Pontypridd, UK6,890 contributions
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Jun 2022
Next door to the Ancient Agora of Athens it seems there was a path joining the two sites, no longer in use, so a separate entrance required, and fee, which makes the Combined ticket good value if you are visiting at least three sites. The many pillars that remain that once formed a large building made it easy to imagine what a magnificent structure it once would have been. And the technology involved in the Tower of the Winds or the Horologion of Andronikos Kyrrhestes building is mind boggling. Where did civilisation go wrong for so long after the demise of Greek and Roman building?
Written July 8, 2022
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Mat J
Zurich, Switzerland153 contributions
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May 2022
Athen is full of Agoras.
Most of them are admission free.
Some like the Ancient and Roman Agora charge a small entrance fee.
When you finish sight seeing the Acropolis and you exit via the main entrance to find your way back to the city. You may spot some stair cases. Follow the stairs and you may find your path to the Roman Agora.
It is best to read your guide book about it, before you enter the area or join a tourist group that is going there.
Besides walking around, there is not much you can do inside.
Compared with the Ancient Agora, this one is rather small.
I did not spot a turtle inside.
Written May 28, 2022
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Brianngog
Cyprus10,627 contributions
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Jul 2022 • Couples
We had paid an extremely good value for money price of €30.00 to enable us to visit seven archeological sites within the City. Roman Agora being one of them and once again the history shines through as you roam the various ruins. Yet another great piece of History and worth every cent…..once you find the Entrance.
Written August 2, 2022
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CraigH0901
Adelaide, Australia1,221 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Easy access from metro station and Monastraki Square. Purchase a ticket for EUR30 that gives you access to about seven different sites including this one. Naturally, there is not a lot left but this link to the Roman past of Athens is a key part of the city's history. Use your imagination a bit. Easy walking and can look through and take photos in 30 minutes.
Written September 3, 2022
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom10,826 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Confusingly, there are two agoras in Athens. The Ancient Agora, which is the main tourist sight and is a large archaeological area spread over extensive grounds, and this much tinier, Roman Agora.
They are close together and within easy walking distance of each other.
The Roman Agora was the bustling, thriving centre of the city’s commercial activity during Roman times, hence the name.
It was a large, square structure with an internal colonnade that housed businesses and shops.
Today you enter through the still imposing Gate of Archigetis Athena. It has always been the main entrance but in ancient times, there was also a second entry at the opposite end.
The Gate and the Tower of the Winds are the two main highlights here (see separate reviews on each one).
Another curious sight is the ‘Vespasianae’, or public toilet block - possibly the only ancient ruin that might trigger the kids’ interest.
As others have commented, most of the agora can be seen from the street so you don’t have to pay to go in. Entry is €8 which is kind of expensive for what is a very small site.
However it is included in a €30 combo ticket and this is what we bought. It was excellent value and I’d highly recommend it. It includes entry to the Roman Agora as well as the Ancient Agora, the Acropolis and 4 other sites. Entry to the Acropolis on its own is €20 so if it is your first time to Athens, it makes sense to buy this. It’s worth noting that if you’re here in winter, many sites are half price so the combo ticket is not as effective then.
Written November 6, 2023
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TomFarhias
Kongsberg, Norway522 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
It is part of the Ticket Package and definitely a place to spend some 20/30 minutes. Main places to take a look are the arch in the entrance, the tower of winds in the back of the site, and the public latrines on the right of the tower. This was the main market area in the Roman times and you need to use your imagination to think about this place which was for sure a crowded place. It is definitely about going back in time and an easy place for young kids to like and investigate as it is small and quick to visit. Definitely recommended.
Written February 23, 2020
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