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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!

Roman Forum: Our 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 to visit
    The Forum opens at 8:30AM daily (except holidays) and closes an hour before sunset.
  • What is the price?
    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 tips
    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

Great experience learning the lesser known facts about the Roman forum

This was a great experience. Myself and my girlfriend enjoyed the tour and its great information. The guide was easy to understand and the tour provided plenty of opportunities to take photos for the keen photographers and also some time to take in new information.

Incredible. Our guide was super knowledgeable and professional.

Our guide was Priscilla. She was excellent. Walked at a comfortable pace. Was on time. Lots of knowledge.

Rome: 3.5-hour Colosseum & Roman Forum Walking Tour Reviewed by barbara, 12/04/2016

Excellent service providing easy access to the Colosseum.

I would highly recommend using this service. Easy access and stress free made it a relaxed way of seeing the Colosseum. I had a booking for four people and everyone commented on how great this worked.

Skip-the-Line: Escorted VIP Colosseum Entrance Reviewed by Stuart, 11/30/2016

Our guide was extremely knowledgeable, interactive and fun!

Our Tour Guide was great! Extremely knowledgeable about the sites, interactive and fun, which made the 3 hours feel much shorter than expected. The Colosseum, Forum and views from above Palantine Hill were breathtaking--there's so much history in that one little area of Rome. This Get Your Guide Tour was great and I 100% recommend choosing this option.

Fantastic tour, great guide and very informative.

Really great tour with a fantastic tour guide. Very informative and presented in a relaxed and comfortable manner. Well worth the money and would highly recommend booking.

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