Ancient Roman Forum on a sunny day, Rome
Ancient Roman Forum on a sunny day, Rome

Roman Forum (Foro Romano)

Via della Salara Vecchia 5-6, Rome, 00186

The basics

The site is most often visited on three-hour Roman Forum tours that combine a visit to the ancient city with a Colosseum tour. Whether you choose a private tour or small-group tour, it's wise to visit with an expert guide who can help you navigate the large space and bring the ruins to life with true stories of gladiators, Roman emperors, and Julius Caesar.

After your visit, check out the adjacent ruins at Circus Maximus (Circo Massimo) or pay a visit to the Capitoline Hill and Museums (Campidoglio e Musei Capitolini) to see the display of classical Roman sculptures. If you can't get enough of ancient Rome, there's plenty more history just outside the city with day trips available to Pompeii and the Appian Way and Aurelian Walls (Via Appia Antica e Mure Aureliane).

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Skip-the-Lines Colosseum and Roman Forum Tour for Kids and Families
Skip-the-Lines Colosseum and Roman Forum Tour for Kids and Families
$131.24 per adult
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Amazing Kid-Friendly Tour with Marco!
This was so fun. We had a tour guide, Marco, whose energy and enthusiasm during our tour was mind-blowing. Our boys enjoyed learning about the gladiators and other events that took place at the Colosseum. He played a game with them throughout where they would earn points along the way, which they loved. After the Colosseum, we visited the Roman Forum which we all knew less about and had never seen. It was truly an amazing experience to go so far back in time it felt unreal. We loved this tour. It was definitely one of our favorites of the trip.
Robin_S, Jan 2024

Things to know before you go

  • Many tour options include hotel pickup and dropoff.

  • Standard Roman Forum tickets include entry to the Colosseum and Palatine Hill (Palatino).

  • Don't waste time in line—skip-the-line entry is available for both the Roman Forum and the Colosseum.

  • Staying in Florence but want to see Rome? Book a day trip with round-trip transportation by high-speed train, also available from Milan and Naples.

  • Provide the full names of all travelers when booking. Failure to present a voucher with all travelers' full names at the ticket office may result in denied entry to the Roman Forum.

  • Aside from a lesson in Roman history, visitors can get a great view of the Eternal City from the nearby Palatine and Capitoline hills of Rome.

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How to get there

The Roman Forum is located in the area between Piazza Venezia and the Colosseum at the southeastern end of Rome's historical center. You can get there by metro and bus from most central hotels. The closest metro stop is Colosseo.

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When to get there

As the Roman Forum shares an admission ticket with the Colosseum, it stays consistently busy throughout the day and often has long lines. Choose a walking tour with priority access to jump the queue and maximize your time.

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Discovering the Roman Forum ruins

Inside the archaeological area, stick to the Forum's main thoroughfare, Via Sacra, to pass by important ruins such as the Julia Curia (where the Roman senate once met), the Temple of Vesta, and the House of the Vestal Virgins. Some of the forum's most impressive ruins include the white marble arch of Settimio Severo, the first-century Arch of Titus, the soaring columns of the Temple of Saturn, and the remains of the Basilica of Maxentius and Constantine. 

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Ancient Roman Forum on a sunny day, Rome
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