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Great experience. Recommended!


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Great tour guides

Booked this tour with a two-year-old. The guide was very good and was patient if we were ever lagging behind. There were lots of steps but the whole group was brilliant at letting the little one take his time. Overall very informative tour with great views.


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Jamie - Visiting from the USA

Seeing the Colosseum was a once in a lifetime experience. The guided tour inside rings 1 and 2 was great too!


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Cool Experience

The Colosseum is wicked! So glad I chose the underground tour.


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Worth the price

I spent over 2 hours at the Colosseum and for the price I paid, I got a lot of value. Jane UK


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Interesting and perfect explain

Was a great way to see it without a long 3-hour tour.



Da Dada Daaa! The Roman Forum! Formally the centerpiece of the Roman Empire, now the centerpiece of many a tourists’ visit to Rome. What!? You’ve never heard of the Roman Forum? Don't you know what it is? Where do you live, on the moon? This simply won’t do. Sit down, because before you even think about getting yourself some Roman Forum Tickets (or Forum Romanum tickets in Latin), someone’s got to fill you in. So, without further ado, here’s a condensed, though still comprehensive, history of the Roman Forum. Of course, infused with other bits of important information. As your written Roman Forum tour guide, let start with the word Forum. It means, “a meeting or medium where people exchange ideas.” 

So, it’ll come as no surprise to discover that in essence, that’s what the Roman Forum was. It was a place where the Romans held markets. A place where they engaged in heated debates and practiced politics and law. But, it was also much more. The Roman Forum was also surrounded by some of the most important buildings in the Roman Empire. Running through the Roman Forum is the Via Sacra. It's one of the most important roads in Rome. In fact, it used to make up part of the route of Roman Triumph. It guided Emperors, returning victorious from battle, into the Forum where they could indulge in the cheer of their people.


Now, those who have Roman Forum tickets can explore the Roman Forum’s sprawling ruins for hours. For the few who are experts on Roman history, a Roman Forum self-guided tour is the way to go. However, for the rest of us, having a guide is a safer bet. All the sites make the Roman Forum admission worth the while, but your tour guide will be able to point out highlights. For example, the Arch of Septimius Severus, the 21-meter high arch built in 203 AD to commemorate the victories of Emperor Severus. Or, the Column of Phocas, built in 608 AD and dedicated to Emperor Phocas who earned the honor after dedicating the Pantheon to Pope Boniface IV. 


Keep in mind that entries to Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill are actually part of one ticket. This means that you can explore all three sites, accessed by different entrances, using one ticket.  

What are the Roman Forum opening times?

The Roman Forum is open daily throughout the year, but times vary as the official closing time is one hour before sunset:

  • Last Sunday of October until February 15 opening hours are between 8.30 am and 4.30 pm. 
  • February 16 to March 15 hours are 8.30 am to 5.00 pm, and from March 16 to 24, 8.30 am to 5.30 pm.  
  • Last Sunday of March until August 31 the Roman Forum is open from 8.30 am to 7.15 pm. 
  • In September hours are between 8.30 am and 7.00 pm.  
  • October 1 until the last Sunday of the month the opening hours are 8.30 am to 6.30 pm
  • June 2 hours are reduced to 1.30 pm - 7.15 pm and December 25 and January 1 the Forum is closed.  

Where to buy tickets for the Roman Forum?

Entrance tickets to the Roman Forum can be bought from a number of locations. But, bear in mind that as the Forum is a hugely popular attraction there are guaranteed to be long lines. There are three ticket offices:

  • The first one is by the main entrance of the Colosseum in the Piazzale del Colosseo. 
  • The second one at the Via di San Gregorio (often the quietest queue with the least wait time) 
  • The thirds one at the Largo Salara Vecchia.

Alternatively, save yourself the hassle of waiting in line and buy Roman Forum Tickets online in advance. Your tickets will be sent to you via email, so you can print them off and then head to Via di San Gregorio for quicker entry.         

How to get to the Roman Forum?

To get to the Roman Forum via metro, jump on the Line B (blue line) and get off at the Colosseo Metro station stop. Alternatively buses number 60, 75, 85, 87, 95, and 175 all stop in the vicinity of the Forum.

When is the best time to visit?  

The Roman Forum is a hugely popular sight and is often get very busy with package deal tour groups. However, these are generally organized to finish by 15.00. So, if you want to beat the crowds and see the Forum at a beautiful time of day, head out in the afternoon. Alternatively, the morning is also quieter, meaning you can stroll the Forum at a more leisurely pace. But, bear in mind that things will be busy by mid-morning.  

Why is the Roman Forum so important?  

The ruins of the Roman Forum are an archaeological imprint that point to the intellectual, political, and cultural glory of Italy’s past and present.

How much does it cost?

Tickets prices for adults are € 12. EU citizens between the ages of 18-15 are entitled to a discounted admittance price of 7.50 €. For people below the age of 17 or above the age of 65, admittance is free.  

It’s important to remember that access to the Roman Forum is included in Colosseum ticket. Your Colosseum visit will have an allocated time slot, but the Roman Forum does not. This means you are free to explore the Forum whenever and for as long as you want. Also, the ticket is valid for 48 hours.  

Do I need a guide?

Despite the Roman Forum’s significance, what remains is a slightly chaotic cluster of ruins. For many an afternoon trying to make sense of what’s what and where it is will be overwhelming. We highly recommend getting a tour guide who will be able to point out all Forum’s best bits and tell you everything you want to know about them too. A guided tour of Roman Forum often comes combined with Colosseum tour. Make sure to check out our top-rated Colosseum tours!

Useful Tips

  • Book online to avoid queues. 
  • Go in the morning or early afternoon to avoid crowds.
  • This is a large outdoor space so, wear comfortable shoes, pack water, a hat, and sunscreen.
  • Your ticket is valid for 48 hours and is included in your Colosseum ticket.  
  • For safety reasons, you need to pass the security check and can’t take with you any large backpacks or suitcases.


  • Around 20 % of the Roman Forum is wheelchair accessible.  

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