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5 historical facts about the Roman Forum's development

Unlike the other forums across Rome's empire, the ancient capital's center of public life wasn't simply planned and built, but evolved slowly as the great city grew. Here are five facts about the original Forum Romanum's history!

It was a meeting point before a stone was laid

Situated on a marshy plain between the key Capitoline and Palatine Hills of Rome, the site naturally became a local meeting point long before an official Forum was planned.

The marshland was drained by Tarquin the Elder

Legend has it that the initial Comitium emerged after both hilltop tribes made peace. Until Rome's 5th king built the Cloaca Maxima, most of the site was too swampy to be usable.

It served several uses

The forum served as the center of Rome's public life for centuries, hosting public speeches, military processions, criminal trials, gladiatorial matches, markets, and much more!

It became home to early Roman Catholic monuments

Constantine I built the Basilica of Maxentius in 312AD as the last major expansion of the forum. Over time, several of the other temples were converted into Christian churches.

Rising ground made it impossible to maintain

Flooding of the Tiber river and erosion from its surrounding hills caused the ground to rise, slowing covering the monuments. By the Middle Ages the site was being used as a pasture!

Our insider tips

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.

What people are saying about Roman Forum

Very good and no hassle access even better

Tour guide Georgia was fantastic and information was fab - would deffiently recommend

Definitely Get Your Guide. Brilliant Tour!

Emmanuelle was a superb guide. It is really worth getting a guide. There can be lots of people milling round. There is lots to see and you will not make the most of it without somebody to show and tell all the amazing history.

The tour was incredibly fun and informative!

This tour was great! The special access to the arena and underground really set this apart from any other colosseum tour! I loved it! And it only got better when we got our tour guide for the Palantine Hill. Tom was excellent! He managed to catch us up on a couple thousand years worth of history in a way that was really fun as easy to follow!! I think this tour is essential to every Rome trip!

Contracting this tour to Grayline was great!

Monica was an amazing guide! She is very knowledgeable about the sites & their history. She gave great tips and shared stories I hadn't heard before...and this was my 3rd guided tour of the archeological sites.

Extremely thorough. Marle is a wealth of information

We took the underground Colosseum tour which included Palatine Hill and the Roman Forums. The tour itself was extremely informative and Marle was a strong storyteller and kept us engaged throughout. I will say the tour lasted a little longer than I anticipated so make sure you budget additional time in case you have a tight schedule. It helps to have some base knowledge so you can truly appreciate the education Marle doles out. Highly recommend. We will be doing follow-up reading because Marle incited so much curiosity within us.

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