The Roman Forum was the place where the most important activities in ancient Rome were developed, such as commerce, religion, business, justice or social life. Located in the center of the city, this great space was also an architectural marvel with temples, columns and arches of which large parts are still preserved and which have become one of the most recommended visits in Rome.
In addition to touring the Roman Forum, we recommend completing the visit with the climb to Palatine Hill, where the ruins of the imperial palaces are located and from where you get the best views of the Forum.
We have visited the Roman Forum the three times we have traveled to the Eternal City, the last two on a trip to Rome in 3 days and recently we went back to it, taking advantage of the month we were in the city, during which we wrote this guide Travel to Rome step by step.
Based on our experience, we tell you the best ways to get to know the Roman Forum, such as booking skip-the-line tickets and guided tours in Spanish, schedules, how to get there and prices, so you can choose the one that best suits your time in the city.
How to get
To get to the Forum in Rome, located between the Colosseum and Piazza Venezia, you have several options:
- Walking: If you are staying in Trastevere, in the center or near Termini Station, we recommend you to reach the Forum on foot, to enjoy this short walk through the Eternal City.
- Subway: Metro line B will leave you at the Colosseo stop, which is near the south entrance of the Forum.
- Bus: Buses 60, 75, 84, 85, 87, 117, 175, 186, 271, 571, 810 and 850 stop near the Forum.
The Roman Forum has two entrances: the main one located in front of the Colosseum and another side that is located on Via dei Fori Imperiali. Keep in mind that most people concentrate on the south entrance, so it may be a good option to approach the side entrance to avoid queues.
The Roman Forum is open every day of the year except December 25 and January 1 and opens at 8:30 a.m. while closing depends on the time of year.
Account that you have to enter at least one hour before closing, to be able to make the tour with some peace of mind.
- At 4:30 p.m. from the last Sunday of October until February 15.
- At 5 p.m. from February 16 to March 15.
- At 5:30 p.m. from March 16 to the last Saturday of March.
- At 7:15 p.m. from the last Sunday of March until August 31.
- At 7 p.m. from September 1 to September 30.
- At 6:30 p.m. from October 1 until the last Saturday of October.
Entrances to the Roman Forum
It is necessary to know that the entrances to the Roman Forum are combined and also include the entrances to the Palatine Hill and the Roman Colosseum. You will also have 2 days to visit the three places that are included (Roman Forum, Colosseum and Palatine), although you can only visit each of them once.
To buy the general ticket, which has a price of 12 euros, it is preferable to approach the access of the Roman Forum, via Via dei Fori Imperiali, avoiding the longest queues at the ticket offices in front of the Colosseum.
Skip-the-line tickets to the Forum in Rome or with prior reservation online
The price of skip-the-line tickets to the Forum in Rome is 14 euros, 2 euros more than the general one, and can be booked on this official website. Although the website shows you the different options to enter the Roman Colosseum, remember that all these entries always include the Forum and the Palatine.
It is advisable, if you do not want to take a guided tour, take an audio guide or video guide to visit the Roman Forum and the Palatine since both places have a very interesting history and many remains of their most important places are not preserved.