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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

Could not have wanted for better. Left extremely pleased.

Informative. Interesting. Very knowledgeable tour guide. Great balance between context and fact. Built background to areas and people progressively and clearly. Well done Elizabeth.

Fantastic. Well worth the little extra few Euro. Saved hours in line.

This was way better than expected. Our group of 20 or so were escorted to the rear of the Colossuem and entered on the original ground level through a private entrance. After ample time in our special area we were allowed to merge with the throngs and admire from above. This was better than expected. We also met back with a guide later for the same treatment at the Forum and Palatine Hill. Can't beleive more don't know about this.

Skip-the-Line: Escorted VIP Colosseum Entrance Reviewed by Robert, 01/08/2017

Outstanding - our guide was incredibly knowledgeable and engaging

This tour is well worth the cost. First of all, we completely bypassed the lines, which were sizable during Christmas week. Secondly, our guide was wonderful. Her depth of knowledgable about the millennium span of the Roman Empire was very impressive, and allowed her to present everything we saw in a very helpful context. 3 hours was about as long as our kids could last, but unfortunately, it is not quite long enough to take in the Coliseum, the Palatine AND the Forum. Our guide focused mainly on the Coliseum, the Palatine and the arch of Titus at the southern (eastern?) end of the Forum. This was a good mix, and I learned much more about the Palatine than when my husband and I saw it 12 years ago on our own, but we did feel like we needed to return on our own later to show our kids the rest of the forum.

Skip The Line: Ancient Rome & Colosseum Tour Reviewed by susannah, 01/06/2017

Terrific guide and smooth, easy and fast entrance to the Colosseum

Our guide Tanja was terrific. She explained the process clearly and she quickly got us into the Colosseum, avoiding the gigantic lines. She also got us into a restricted area (the gladiators entrance) to view the Colosseum from within and take amazing photos.

Skip-the-Line: Escorted VIP Colosseum Entrance Reviewed by Marwan, 01/03/2017

Our tour guide was amazing - her knowledge was outstanding

We had a very knowledgable guide who answeed questiona and kept us informed through the whole 3 hours( freezing temperatures ) . Lots of history in amost respectful delivery !! Thank you ( lady with the hat !)

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